Internationally renowned dance-circus company Motionhouse will open the Birmingham 2022 Festival with a large-scale performance event titled Wondrous Stories.

The Leamington Spa company’s artistic director and co-founder, Kevin Finnan, has created the piece, which is ‘packed full of visual magic and spectacular aerial moments’. Kevin is joined by a team of artistic collaborators, including Birmingham-based choreographers Sonia Sabri and Jamaal Burkmar.

Featuring a cast of over 300 performers, Wondrous Stories has been co-produced by Motionhouse and two other West Midlands-based organisations: Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces (OPUS) and JA Productions. It will be performed in Centenary Square from 17 to 20 March.

The Birmingham 2022 Festival is a six-month celebration shining a global spotlight on creativity in the West Midlands. The event has been inspired by the city’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games.

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