24 Stories of Family Arts

Starchitects: An adventure in space

Best Family Arts Activity Winner

“Amazing story and dance, full of imagination. We loved it and my son wants lots of cardboard boxes to play with.” – Parent

With its thrilling dance-circus and its fun and exciting storyline, Starchitects offers a fantastic opportunity to introduce children (3-10 years) to high quality dance-circus in an age-appropriate format.

The theme of the show, space travel, lends itself well to creative participatory activities to stimulate children through creative activities, supporting their development and encouraging their creativity.

Founded in 1988, Motionhouse is a leading UK dance company. They believe in the power of dance to enrich lives, regardless of age, background or financial means, and their mission is to make world-class dance accessible to as many people as possible.

Reaching 100,000+ people each year through outstanding dance-circus productions that integrate elements of circus and acrobatics, Motionhouse are acclaimed for their striking theatricality, powerful narratives and pioneering use of digital technology.

Their work is aimed at broad, family audiences with no previous dance knowledge or experience, and they tour widely across the UK and internationally to venues large and small, indoors and outdoors, attracting diverse audiences in communities often with limited arts provision. Their extensive education, training and community programme delivers impactful dance projects in schools and community settings across Warwickshire, the West Midlands and further afield, with a participation reach of approximately 10,000 a year. They have worked with most schools in their local area, have an active youth company and reach approximately 100 people aged from 4 to 60+ each week through classes in their studio in Leamington Spa.

You can discover all 24 Stories of Family Arts here. If you’d like to discover more fantastic organisations that meet our Family Arts Standards or Age-Friendly Standards explore the Fantastic for Families Directory.

Motionhouse is a Fantastic for Families Awards 2023 Winner in the category:
Best Family Arts Activity

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Production photography by Dan Tucker