MOTUS O dance theatre / Prisoner of Tehran
Prisoner of Tehran is an engaging TRUE story of teenage Marina Nemat.
In a unique collaboration between Marina and MOTUS O, this synthesis of a dance, theatre and lecture event deals with social justice on the theme of Oppression and Freedom. The event is a multi-disciplinary performance based on Marina’s best-selling book “Prisoner of Tehran”. Each event will be followed by a Question and Answer period. Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Marina’s book “Prisoner of Tehran” has been published in 28 other countries and is an international bestseller. This performance work is an exceptional engagement piece for high school students and the general public providing the opportunity to discuss the social and political landscape of our contemporary world.
The founders of MOTUS O, James Croker, Cynthia Croker and Jack Langenhuizen, worked together from 1985 - 1990 on several creative and educational projects. During this period of time they developed a strong working relationship and artistic vision. In 1990 they officially developed a company, MOTUS O dance theatre, with the three founders taking the positions of artistic directors and choreographers.
MOTUS O’s artistic vision is to provide engaging dance theatre works making dance a relevant and significant art form to all sections of society. The company aspires to provide life-enriching experiences, causing individuals to reflect and respond in a positive way towards each other and the global community.
Our mandate is to create and present original works of art emphasizing narrative expression and visceral aesthetics that are inspired by our ever evolving inter-personal relationships and our place within contemporary society. It is also to pioneer/develop the market for dance in Canada as well as educate individuals of all ages and backgrounds and be bridge-makers between the amateur and professional dance worlds.
Since 1990, MOTUS O has created 19 full-length productions for both family and adults (Human Knots, Alice, The Shunning, Delusions, The Little Prince, Petrouchka, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, Variations in Love, East of the Sun/West of the Moon, Carmina Burana, Circus Terrifico, Perspectives, What the Heck? The Little Match Girl, A Fair Tale, Animal Tales, The Prisoner of Tehran, Chasing the Dream). These productions have been performed across Canada, parts of the U.S.A. England and Australia including such venues as Fleck Theatre (Toronto ON), Playhouse Theatre (Brock University, St. Catharines ON), Markham Theatre (Markham ON), Theatre Centre (Toronto ON), Tarragon Theatre (Toronto ON), Thunder Bay Community Auditorium (Thunder Bay ON), Windsor Capitol Theatre (Windsor ON), Arts & Culture Centres, Newfoundland, Imperial Theatre, Saint John NB, Playhouse Theatre, Fredricton NB, The Norman Rothstein Theatre (Vancouver B.C.), Orlando Fringe Festival (Orlando Florida), Comstock Auditorium (Kalamazoo Michigan), Center for the Arts (University at Buffalo, Buffalo New York), Australian National University Theatre (Canberra Australia), Adelaide Fringe Festival (Adelaide Australia), Victoria Hall (Settle England), Witham Hall (Barnard Castle England), Moorside Community College (Consett England) to name a few.
MOTUS O has received several accolades over the years including the 2010 Community Cultural Impresario (CCI) – Ontario Presenting Network Touring Artist of the Year Award. The company was nominated for the 2009 British Columbia Touring Artist of the Year Award by the British Columbia Touring Council. In 2007 we received a Critics’ Choice Award from Susan Walker, Toronto Star - most highly recommended work to see at the Luminato Festival 2007, Toronto, Ontario Canada. In 2003 the company was presented the Outstanding Touring Company Award in Atlantic Canada at Contact East and in 1998 at the International Fringe Festival, Orlando, Florida U.S.A. MOTUS O was awarded 3 People Choice Awards including BEST MALE PERFORMER – James Croker, BEST FEMALE PERFORMER – Cynthia Croker, BEST PRODUCTION – “Alice in Wonderland”.