MOTUS - Are you ready to dance?

MOTUS - Are you ready to dance?

MÓTUS are looking to recruit new trustees!

Do you think you can support an exciting charity move forwards in its development - then we need you! MÓTUS are particularly interested to hear from those who might be interested in finance, community development and volunteering. If you think this is something you would like to be involved in or for more information please email 

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On the 28th May 2022 - the Hofesh Shechter Company presented to a sold out audience their new work 'Contemporary Dance 2.0' at the Venue MK.

Lighting Design – TOM VISSER

Following the recent success of Hofesh Shechter Company’s tour of POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED, the company’s award-winning development and performance training programme for world-class young dancers, Shechter II, returned with Contemporary Dance 2.0.

Originally made in 2019 by Hofesh Shechter for the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Contemporary Dance 2.0 unleashes the intensity of Shechter’s signature ensemble work combined with an eclectic sound score with a euphoric feel and throbbing beats. 

In a work that is dipped in ironic references to pop culture and makes a playful take on Shechter’s own art form, in Contemporary Dance 2.0 only one thing is certain, the dancers do it their way.

Contemporary Dance 2.0 is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and co-commissioned by Düsseldorf Festival!, Espace 1789, with production support from Teatro Comunale, Vicenza, and a production residency at Arts Depot, London.

Hofesh Shechter Company is supported with public funding through Arts Council England. Hofesh Shechter Company benefits from the support of BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of its projects and, with thanks to the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, continues to be #HereForCulture.
Hofesh Shechter is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells and Artist-in-Residence of Gauthier Dance (2021-2023). Hofesh Shechter Company is a Resident Company of the Brighton Dome.

This performance has been made possible through MÓTUS, @aceagrams , @Walton Community Council,  The D’Oyly Carte, The Leche Trust, @mkcomfoundation and @Milton Keynes Council. .


26 May at The Venue MK

The University of Chichester’s performance company, mapdance 2022 brought together 14 dancers, three newly commissioned dance works plus a restaging of Robert Clark’s 2021 repertoire. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience dynamic, theatrical, and beautifully crafted work by both established and emerging contemporary choreographers. 

Sarah Golding’s new work STATE is rooted in the relationship between music and dance, exploring different ways to translate music into and out of the

body. Keira Martin fuses both the old world and the new through her joint love of traditional and contemporary arts and culture. Keira’s work In-between the Lines openly highlights social and political issues related to identity, gender, social justice, culture and class.

James Cousins dynamic choreography pushed the limitations of physicality. His work is an emotive portrayal of relationships centering on human connection.


Robert Clark’s Closer (2021) explored the desire for and repercussions of change. 12 people consider their future selves and attempt to simultaneously control and break free of the present whilst looking to each other to find meaning and a way forward.


Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

MÓTUS was established in 2013 by professional dancers based right in Milton Keynes, who through over 20 years of professional work around the country and internationally, recognised that there was a huge absence in relation to accessing high quality, regular dance programming within Milton Keynes; mainly due to there being no dance programming houses alongside the folding of Bucks Dance - our regional dance agency. MÓTUS recognised the potential sitting and waiting to be harnessed in the region and so, MÓTUS was born.

Since its inception, MÓTUS has presented nine festivals hosting an eclectic, exciting and diverse programme of work from national and internationally celebrated companies. Our performance programme takes place across the city in free public open spaces, within the centre:mk, across our cultural venues (with The Venue MK being our partner venue) and within sited areas which make interesting performance spaces. We programme high quality work on the British touring circuit to include Phoenix Dance Theatre, Aakash Odedra, Motionhouse, Company Chameleon, Joli Vyann, James Cousins, Charlotte Vincent, Jose Agudo’s ‘Carmen’ alongside creating our own showcases of work and creative ventures. JUMP START is our U.Dance endorsed youth dance platform which welcomes hundreds of young dancers to The Venue:MK annually to share talent, creativity and passion. 

MÓTUS also programmes workshops and masterclasses at all levels throughout the year and is becoming a recognisable name in support of new dance work and emerging dance artists through the ADJUSTMENTS platforms - presenting and discussing new work. These platforms are a space to try new ideas for work and provide feedback to artists through discussions with live audiences and a panel of arts professionals.

MÓTUS runs MYDC - it's very own Youth Dance Company which focuses on individuality, physical expression and realising potential. 

See our Youth Dance page for more information.

Since MÓTUS began it has celebrated increased collaboration in Milton Keynes between artistic groups and ideas. MÓTUS is delighted to be supported by Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council, Milton Keynes Community Foundation, The D’Oyly Carte Foundation and the Leche Trust.

For more information about MÓTUS please contact:

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Our Mission

Our mission is to see our theatres and arts scenes bustling with life from every age group and from every sector of the community - everyone is welcome here. - Helen Parlor (Artistic Director) and the MÓTUS team

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Who is MÒTUS?

Credit: Motionhouse - 'Volatile' 

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Helen Parlor
Artistic Director

To find out more about Helen click here

Carrie Browne 
Youth, Outreach and Education Manager

To find out more about Carrie click here

To view the MÒTUS Board
please click here
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Policies please click here


Are you between 13 and 19 years old?
Do you have a passion for Dance and Dance
Could you be available for and committed to regular rehearsals?
MÓTUS Youth is recruiting for September 2022!

To find out more please click here

How You Can Work With MÓTUS



We are so lucky that the dedicated team at MOTUS work so hard to enhance the dance culture in Milton Keynes.

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