“Fantasia”: a composition that breaks all the rules

Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony choreographer Rosie Kay’s newest work takes ballet and tutus into the 21st Century using dance and science to create an exquisite performance of pleasure, beauty and finesse.

Fine-tuning choreography with neuroscientific research, Kay questions what it is that makes dance beautiful to watch and experience.

Delve deeply into a soundtrack of Vivaldi, Purcell, Beethoven and Bach and revel in the vision of three bold female dancers as they discover love, loss, emotion and joy.

Birmingham Hippodrome Associate Rosie Kay worked with neuroscientists in the UK and Denmark’s Center for Music in the Brain to explore how dance can trigger sensations of pleasure and fulfilment in the brain. Fantasia is the result of her desire to make a work of pure joy inspired by music and the body’s response to it.

With truly sumptuous costumes that defy expectation, join us on a journey of music, delight and fantasy.

Rosie Kay’s Fantasia is available for touring from October 2019: contact james@rosiekay.co.uk

2019 Premiere UK Tour
World premiere:
Birmingham Hippodrome Patrick Studio, Wed 25 & Thu 26 Sep
LEAP Festival, Liverpool, Tue 8 Oct
Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 1 Nov
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, Fri 8 Nov
Laban Theatre, London, Thu 14 Nov
Salisbury Arts Centre, Sat 16 Nov
Strode Theatre, Street, Mon 18 Nov
Northern Ballet, Leeds, Thu 21 Nov
Choreography and Direction: Rosie Kay
Producer: James Preston
Set & Costume Designer: Louis Price
Composer: Annie Mahtani
Lighting Designer: Mike Gunning

Performers: Shanelle Clemenson, Harriet Ellis & Carina Howard
Technical Stage Manager: Chris Heigham

Research and development supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and DanceXchange.

Creation funded by Arts Council England and supported by Birmingham Hippodrome and DanceXchange.

The Future-Proof Artist Podcast

Episode 4 features Rosie Kay in conversation with composer Annie Mahtani talking about their many years of working together and the joy of collaborating on Rosie’s latest work, Rosie Kay’s Fantasia.

Recorded at Birmingham Hippodrome in September 2019.


“a winning combination…tickling your senses of both humour and wonder.”



“a pleasure to behold”


“Rosie Kay breaks convention once more as she brings her latest dance piece to the stage”