Originally founded in Berlin in 1962 as a contemporary dance company rooted in multimedia, the company relocated to Philadelphia in 1968 and quickly established itself in the United States dance scene, performing at New York's Judson Church and at Jacob's Pillow with support from the National Endowment for the Arts touring program. In addition to company productions, Group Motion also hosts regular improvisational movement workshops for the public, which allow people of all experience levels to employ dance as a language of expression. Most recently, with support from the Center, the company engaged choreographer Susan Rethorst to create a new work for the group's core dancers.
Group Motion Dance Company commissioned composer Phil Kline and choreographer Wally Cardona to create Revival, presented at the old Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street as part of the 2009 Hidden City Philadelphia Festival. Built in 1908 at the behest of Oscar Hammerstein, the building is included in the National Register of Historic Places, but has fallen into disrepair. Cardona set the dance in what was once the upper balcony and referenced the building's history as an opera house, sports arena, and church as part of the choreography, offering audiences a rare glimpse into an iconic Philadelphia landmark.