Picture a steeply shelving slope, like a skateboarder's half-pipe, upon which dancers hang, slide and roll while film projections give the impression they are frozen to giant ice cubes, deluged by waterfalls or surfing on waves.
That's just a small glimpse of what's in store from "Motionhouse: Scattered," at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Jan. 29, the newest show from the athletic British troupe that's earned a reputation since 1988 for wedding highly physical dance theater with film and graphics. In the case of "Scattered," the thematic element is water and the projection technology moves geographically south, from avalanches to oceans and deserts, providing the seven dancers with an ever-changing aquatic environment to tackle.
The water play begins at 8 p.m. and tickets ($30-$50) are available by calling 953-3368 or www.vanwezel.org.
Don't forget your bumbershoot.