BLOCK by Motionhouse and NoFit State Circus

Motionhouse’s and NoFit State Circus collaboration BLOCK to headline Hat Fair

NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse’s thrilling dance-circus collaboration BLOCK will be the headline act at this year’s Hat Fair. They will perform on Friday 29 June, the first night of this year’s festival.

BLOCK has been created by the unique styles of the UK’s leading contemporary circus company, NoFit State, and the extraordinary dance-circus company Motionhouse joining forces. The show was directed by Kevin Finnan MBE, founder and artistic director of Motionhouse whose previous work has included the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

BLOCK is a powerful fusion that pushes the limits of dance and circus art forms. Twenty oversized blocks, fashioned to resemble giant concrete Jenga blocks are deconstructed and reformed into an infinite variety of shapes for the performers to play on, move with and explore.

BLOCK is about life in a city: its contradictions and challenges. Living large, living fast and sometimes living in the cracks, this extraordinary cast survive and thrive in the world of blocks.

With its daring physicality, split-second timing and thrilling feats this exhilarating dance-circus collaboration leaves audiences gasping.

Since its creation BLOCK has astounded audiences across the world. This month the production has been performed at Festival 2018 – the arts and cultural program of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

This year’s festival will run from Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July 2018. The festival is free to attend. Further details will be announced shortly so keep checking back!

The performances will take place at 5.30pm & 8.30pm at the Winchester Bus Station.

BLOCK credits
Created and Directed: Kevin Finnan MBE
Original Concept, Design and Production: Ali Williams
Circus Direction: Paul Evans
Performers: Andrew Davies, Onyemachi Ejimofor, Rosie Macari, Joel Pradas Reguill, Giorgia Setaro, Lee Tinnion, Laksmi Arco Valnei
Original Music: Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson
Commissioned by: Without Walls, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts. Co-production Archaos, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque Méditerranée and Le Citron Jaune, Centre National des Art