Helen has been artistically directing MÓTUS since 2014 including fundraising and programming the festival. MÓTUS is now a registered charity and is currently directed by Helen Parlor and Chris Bradley – Goodship.
MÓTUS is currently supported by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation & Arts Council England.
Pedalling the Tracks for Pedalling Culture
Before the Redways, there were Railways. Before the bicycles, there were trains. MÓTUS in October 2018 created a cycling adventure along the old railway line (between Linford Manor and Newport Pagnell) which explored the sights, sounds and surroundings of the old tracks.
The Trainline Tracers guided the audience along a journey and became a group of cycling encyclopedias who physically told the audience all about the site. Pedalling The Tracks was a participatory dance work, mixing professionals with performers from the local community and local schools. Using the transformation from Railway to Redway as inspiration, this promenade invited audience members to travel the route in conjunction with performers learning all about the far reaching Redways and their history.
Virgin Territory Installation & Commission Vincent Dance Theatre In November 2017 MÓTUS raised funds through the MK Community Foundation to bring Vincent Dance Theatre’s ‘Virgin Territories’ to Milton Keynes and placed the work at MK Gallery and Milton Keynes College. Attended by over 1500 people this installation was accompanied by open dance theatre workshops.
Helen Artistically Directed the 2018 festival You, Me: Dance which extended from one weekend to three weeks of work. The festival included Macbeth (Mark Bruce Company), 2Faced, Dan Nicholas, Body Politic, James Cousins, Company Chameleon, Stuart Waters, Mapdance, Earthbound, Inverted, KDE Dance and Urban Strides amongst others. This festival celebrated links with the MK Gallery, Arts Council England, MK Council and the Milton Keynes Community Foundation.
In 2017 there was no MÓTUS festival due to MK50 and MÓTUS being involved in collaborative projects to celebrate Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday. Grid Arts was born which comprised MÓTUS, The Gray Circle and The Plays the Thing. Projects took place across Milton Keynes College, Encompass Dance and The Chrysalis Camphill Community in Milton Keynes, MK Academy and projects are still continuing into 2019 with Grid Arts presenting work for the Milton Keynes Museum ‘Borderzone’
PUSH/IDENTIFY – MÓTUS 2016 looked at work that stretches boundaries physically and culturally. The work presented was diverse, had culutral impact and was physically impressive. With a host of live performances, workshops, the chance feedback to artists and even a Breakin’ Night, the 2016 festival was a great chance to get involved and Dance!
Commissioned artists included: Flexer & Sandiland with Disappearing Acts, Paramount Parkour, House of Absolute, Keira Martin and Moxie Brawl.
RESPONSE was the theme of the 2015 festival. All of the works commissioned were sited in and around MK Gallery and Campbell Park. Each work used the site and the artworks within these areas as stimulus to inform their artistic response relating to the work performed. Commissions were given to Inverted, Club Mob, Charlie Brittain, Julia Cheng, Helen Parlor, Charlie Brittain and Chloe Tasker, Zoielogic Dance Theatre and Ceyda Tanc.