Rosie Kay Dance Company
The Dance Debate
What lies ahead for dance as arts spending cuts bite? Can it survive the withdrawal of public funds that support dancers’ training, choreographers’ creativity, employment costs and health care? Is protest necessary? A panel of the British dance world’s leading figures was brought together by theartsdesk for a major debate last Friday in central London, as dance faced its own Question Time.
Rosie Kay and Val Bourne, founder of Dance Umbrella, headed the contemporary dance brigade, Royal Ballet ballerina Tamara Rojo and English National Ballet’s managing director Craig Hassall led the ballet troops, , Alistair Spalding, chief executive of Sadler’s Wells, and Robert Noble, deputy managing director of Cameron Mackintosh Ltd and co-director of New Adventures, represented management and dance-theatre interests, TV celebrity and choreographer Arlene Phillips and Caroline Miller, director of the lobby group Dance UK, spoke up for West End and freelance dancers. The debate was chaired by theartsdesk‘s Ismene Brown.
See the full debate online and a transcript of the debate by following this link- THEARTSDESK
University of Oxford Presentation
On November the 9th Rosie Kay was invited to present a seminar on her research methods and embodied practice at the School of Anthropology, University of Oxford. Invited by Professor Stanley Ulijaszek, Rosie Kay is to collaborate with the School of Anthropology, University of Oxford. Kay will begin research in the New Year, with more information to follow. OXFORDLINK
On the 17th November Rosie Kay will be on the panel for discussion on digital technologies, following the creation of www.5soldiers.co.uk. Buy tickets here-
5 SOLDIERS world premiere at Edinburgh Film house
5 SOLDIERS the film is to have its world premiere at the Edinburgh Filmhouse on November 19th. This will be part of a special Dance Film season- see this link for more- Dancewithcamera
Double Bill success
On October 13th and 14th Rosie Kay Dance Company revived two works, Asylum and Double Points: K for the 10th Anniversary season at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome. Regular company dancers Chris Linda and Chris Vann joined Rosie Kay, as well as Berlin based dancer Manon Greiner. A considerable success, the evening’s double bill has been booked for future performances in Spring 2012. Watch the interview of us in rehearsal- RKDCinrehearsal
Rosie Kay presented at York St John University on 5 SOLDIERS working methods, at The Rayne Foundation meeting with dance educators and will talk at the Rayne Foundation Board Meeting. Rosie Kay is collaborating with Prof Dee Reynolds and Matthew Reason on a paper on the watching Dance Project, and co-writing a chapter for a new book on War and Choreography. Rosie Kay was on a panel discussion at Laban on Watching dance and gave an after dinner speech at the Royal High School London club annual dinner.
The future is looking very exciting for RKDC, with preparation for a research and development phase for the new work, There Is Hope. There Is Hope will go into production in 2012, touring Autumn 2012 and Spring 2013. The new collaboration with The University of Oxford will lead on to a period of research and perhaps could have some very interesting future outcomes. Rosie Kay continues her work with young people as the Subject Leader for the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) West Midlands.
2011- an Incredible Year!
2011 has truly been an incredible year for the company, with the second UK and International tour of 5 SOLDIERS, which took in The Place, London, Town Hall Birmingham and a month in Germany with performances at Kunsthaus Tacheles and The 5th Battalion The Rifles in Paderborn. 5 SOLDIERS-the Film was created and launched in March 2011, going on to be an installation during the festival at Dance Base, Edinburgh and receiving its premiere next week in Edinburgh. The Great Train Dance was a huge success with hundreds of participants, CAT dancers, RKDC dancers and Mubu Music. The Great Train Dance received huge regional coverage and was awarded the LOCOG Inspire! Mark.
Hannah Sharpe, Louis Price, Chris Vann, Chris Linda, Michael Spenceley, Tilly Webber, Tomasz Moskal, Sung Im Her, Manon Griener, Brian Slater, Simon Broadbridge, Frances Clarke, James Allenby, Farah Baksh, Stefan Kay, Helen Kay, Donald Hutera, David Mead, Graham Coyle, Professor Dee Reynolds, Professor Stanley