• BEST INDEPENDENT COMPANY at Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2015
  • Announces 5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline Scottish tour in spring 2016
  • Announces a new double bill for autumn 2016

Rosie Kay Dance Company, the international award-winning dance theatre company headed by artistic director and choreographer Rosie Kay, is celebrating three recent successes and announces an exciting programme of touring for 2016.

On Monday 25 January, 2016 at The Place, London, Rosie Kay Dance Company was named Best Independent Company at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2015. The award recognizes the hard work that goes into creating dance work independently, and celebrates the company’s talent whilst supporting its growth. RKDC was also nominated in the Best Modern Choreography category for the critically-acclaimed 5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline.

Midlands based Rosie Kay, who has led the company since founding it in 2004, said:
“I am absolutely thrilled with this award, which is for the whole company, and is a recognition of the company’s hard work, the talented dancers and all the production team members, for their commitment, dedication and determination over the past year. With all the debate in the press recently about female choreographers, this award shows that women are right up there, making brave, intelligent work that tackles the big subjects, and we are getting the recognition we deserve, with awards such as this.”

Other recent accolades for 2015’s major tour of 5 Soldiers include: Best Dance and Top 10 Dance in 2015 in The Guardian and The Observer; Best Dance and Top 5 Dance in 2015 in The Independent; Best Dance Production 2015 from North East Theatre Guide; and awarded an Arts and Health Special Commendation by the Royal Society for Public Health for the company’s excellent contribution to arts and health practice.

5 Soldiers is a moving, dramatic and unique work that looks at how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st century. A visceral ‘tour de force’ of the senses, 5 Soldiers provides an intimate view of the training that prepares our soldiers for the sheer physicality of combat, for the possibility of injury, and the impact conflict has on the bodies and minds of everyone it reaches. The piece has a powerful physicality, moments of humour and is full of honesty, all inspired by input from serving and former soldiers.

Kay’s moving exploration of war was made following an intense period of field research when she joined The 4th Battalion The Rifles for two weeks and experienced full battle exercises on Dartmoor and Salisbury Plain. Kay then visited the military rehabilitation centre, Headley Court, to see the effects of conflict and training on the soldiers’ bodies.

With thanks to: Creative Scotland; Armed Forces Covenant Fund; ABF The Soldiers’ Charity; and tour partners; 5 Soldiers will tour to five venues in Scotland in 2016. The show will rehearse at Dance Base, Edinburgh and will premiere on 29 April 2016 at Tramway, Glasgow. The tour will visit: Glencorse

Barracks, Penicuik (presented by Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre); Fort George (presented by Eden Court); MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling; and Aberdeen (presented by Citymoves). Tickets will be on sale in February at www.5soldiers.co.uk.

In addition to the 5 Soldiers’ success, Rosie Kay Dance Company is excited to announce support from Arts Council England to create and tour a new double bill of duets in autumn 2016. Company dancers Shelley Eva Haden and Oliver Russell will recreate the acclaimed, award-winning Double Points: K and Rosie Kay will choreograph the new duet Motel inspired by the work of visual artists Huntley Muir. Double Points: K is based on mirroring, duality, synchronicity and musicality; this work is a pure abstract study in form, vocabulary and stamina. Motel is a slick, sexy, dark and entertaining duet that explores the concept of hotel rooms, what goes on in them, and what ghosts are left behind. The double bill will premiere at mac birmingham on 9 September 2016 and will tour in autumn 2016 (dates to be announced).

Throughout 2016, the company will also continue to develop a major new work to tour mid-scale venues in 2017. MK ULTRA tackles the world of conspiracy theories, illuminati and mainstream mind control in this new work for seven dancers.

On announcing the 2016 programme, Kay said:
“This is an exciting time for Rosie Kay Dance Company as we celebrate success in the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards and look forward to a packed year of creation and touring.“

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Notes to Editors:

Rosie Kay Dance Company is an internationally recognised dance-theatre company that creates exciting and challenging work that tours in unique and captivating ways to theatres and unusual spaces such as military bases. Established in 2004 the company exists to nurture and further the creative talents of choreographer and director Rosie Kay, who is recognised as a leading choreographer in dance, film and theatre. Award winning and nationally prolific, Rosie Kay Dance Company makes a dynamic range of shows, always exploring in exciting ways what dance can be and how dance can be presented.

  • Rosie Kay is based in the West Midlands and became the first associate artist of DanceXchange in 2004.
  • Rosie Kay Dance Company has been a regular recipient of public funding through Arts Council England to research, develop, create and tour.
  • 5 Soldiers 2016 tour to Scotland is funded by: Creative Scotland; Armed Forces Covenant Fund; ABF The Soldiers’ Charity; and tour partners.
  • 5 Soldiers UK Tour 2015 was supported by Arts Council England and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
  • Double Points: K and Motel is funded by Arts Council England and commissioned by mac birmingham and supported by DanceXchange.
  • Rosie Kay is a Research Associate to the University of Oxford School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.
  • 5 Soldiers the film (by filmmaker and videographer Louis Price) has been shortlisted in the Creative Response section of the Imperial War Museum short film festival, with the award ceremony on the 21st March 2016.