People buzzing for a spectacular one time only Quays Culture performance filled the piazza at MediaCityUK with beverages or snacks in tow, on Saturday evening, 9th of June. Children and adults alike waited to be taken aback by the theatrical trampoline performance given by Max Calaf Sevé prior to the electrifying dance circus Charge by the critically acclaimed, Motionhouse.
The event hosted by Quays Culture was entirely free to the public to watch and enjoy for the sole night of performances by these artists.
We were awestruck by the strange and outrageous performance given by trampoline artist Sevé. He began his show by sharing the bread he was munching on with the audience as if we were pigeons, sending the children in an uproar of laughter as they were becoming part of the show.
Sevé’s obscure stunts and acts left us wondering such things as ‘what is happening right now? What is going on?’, as he leaped into the air executing such things as a full dress change between bounces. He performed his popular ‘Anyday’ show, which illustrates his journey of freedom for a lonely man and his bird, accompanied by his airborne trampoline stunts and the energetic boinging and whistling soundtrack.
Lucy Dusgate, Creative Producer at Quays Culture says: “ It is fantastic to be able to bring these two contemporary performances to Salford Quays, and to invite everyone to enjoy them at no cost. We are thrilled to be working closely with Motionhouse again, to stage the first outdoor, large-scale production of Charge .”
Charge took the open stage by storm, quite literally with their electricity of the human body inspired dance circus performance. By partnering with Quays Culture, Motionhouse was able to bring us Charge for the first time ever as an outdoor spectacular. And spectacular it was, as everyone in the audience had their eyes glued with engagement to the dancers.
The production utilized their multimedia aspects aweingly, as the dancers portrayed optical illusions with the screens. From lifts, turns, flips, and scarf acrobatics we were stunned by the physical strength and beauty this performance gave, as there was an audible and visual ambience to accompany every new movement of the dancers’ bodies.
Charge is a beautiful marriment of science and art, in its dance portrayal of everything from the electricity that sparks the start of human life, the making of our memories, to the actual beating
of our heart.
“Quays Culture introduces the public to world-class arts that utilise the latest digital technology, and this production is at the very pinnacle of this. We are delighted to be able to bring this monumental, spectacular show to a huge audience, and have no doubt that this new outdoor commission of Charge will inspire the audience, even those who are not necessarily familiar with dance,” says Dusgate.
The free performance hosted by Quays Culture offered an artistic and even scientific enrichment to the community, and brought many people together from children to adults to share an extraordinary experience.