Birmingham Festival 2022-
Launch Spectacle


Motionhouse have been commissioned by Birmingham Commonwealth Games to create a large-scale launch spectacle to mark the start of Birmingham Festival 2022.


OPUS are thrilled to be producing the brand new show, entitled Wondrous Stories.

A six month festival shining a global spotlight on creativity in the West Midlands, Birmingham Festival 2022 runs from March through to beyond the conclusion of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. It will feature hundreds of creative commissions across the region including art, photography, dance, theatre, digital art and more.

Taking place in March next year in Centenary Square, Wondrous Stories will be a free outdoor spectacle; blending Motionhouse's unique choreographic style with dazzling aerial surprises, spoken word and a brand new musical score, the show draws inspiration from George Dawson’s “Everything for Everybody”, the Shakespeare Collection in the library and contemporary diverse perspectives in order to present a work that speaks from us all, to us all. 

Collaboratively with Motionhouse, OPUS are working with a multitude of local stakeholders, professional dancers, a community choir, and Critical Mass, who will bring together hundreds of community cast members. 

Visit the Birmingham 2022 website here.


Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games // Birmingham 2022 Festival

Artistic - Motionhouse

Production & Technical - JA Productions

Creative Team
Artistic Director - Kevin Finnan

Composers - Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson

Video and Projection - Logela Multimedia

Associate Choreographers - Sonia Sabri and Jamaal O'Driscoll

Spoken Word - Sebbie Mudhai and Raza Hussein

Lighting Design - Phil Supple

Costume Consultant - Sophie Donaldson

Costume Design -  BA Hons Costume Design and Practice (final year cohort), Birmingham City University

Community Cast - Critical Mass 

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We have a dynamic and exciting partnership with OPUS where all the moving parts of the creative concept and/or the artistic vision are in synch with the production and operational compliance ensuring successful and sustainable delivery every time.

John Adkins
Managing Director - JA Productions
Technical Production Partner

Highly professional, confident, forward thinking and flexible when needed, OPUS really delivers what it promises and more, all with great flair, care, attention to detail and an unflinching determination to deliver the very best.

Louise Richards
Executive Director - Motionhouse