THRILLING AND MOVING

Rosie Kay Dance Company creates brave new dance in Birmingham that tours to audiences at home and abroad.

We thrill and move a diverse public with relevant, important, political and meaningful dance responding to contemporary society from a female perspective.

EXPLORE ROMEO + JULIET

 

Romeo + Juliet premiered on 8 September 2021 at Birmingham Hippodrome, and received four further performances in a double-bill with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Rosie Kay’s Romeo + Juliet sets the action in the hot Birmingham summer of 2021. In this diverse city, young people’s family loyalties give way to gang allegiance as teenagers play with adult rules. A party in the park gets out of control sparking rumours, rioting and revenge. In the midst of rivalries, first tastes of freedom and sparks of a full-on first love ignite. Two young lovers are led to their tragic deaths by events they can’t control.

★★★★
“a strong 4-star peek into the urban realities of today”  
DANCE TABS

“an intense rush of love and hate.. its youthful urgency, energy and high emotion hit home
GUARDIAN

★★★★
“A bloody, raw, up-to-the-minute take on the tragedy”
i-NEWS

“a stunning performance.. a culturally relevant dance piece that reflects the diversity of the city that it is set in
WHAT’S ON

Panel discussion:
Making a Romeo + Juliet in present day Birmingham

Join Rosie Kay and Artistic Advisors to the project in a discussion chaired by Birmingham Hippodrome’s Artistic Director/CEO Fiona Allan. Artistic Advisors include actor and director Dylan Duffus, headteacher Azita Zohhadi, Dance Artist Shanelle Clemenson and fellow Hippodrome Associates and choreographers Aakash Odedra and Sonia Sabri.

WATCH ONLINE

5 SOLDIERS

The Body is the Frontline

   WATCH ONLINE FOR FREE

In 2008, choreographer Rosie Kay joined the 4th Battalion The Rifles, to watch and participate in full battle exercises, and visited the National Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. What came of these observations was the award-winning, five-star work 5 SOLDIERS.

 

5 SOLDIERS has been touring since its premiere in 2010, you can see the 2017 live stream (commissioned by The Space) for a limited time for free.

★★★★★
“War from a female perspective packs a punch…taut, visceral, compassionate”
THE OBSERVER

★★★★★
“not only keeps us riveted, but helps close the gap of understanding between the armed forces and the general public.”
THE SCOTSMAN

Best Independent Company

NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS 2015

Ambassador

RISKS, RIGHTS & REPUTATIONS

Associate Company

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

Dance Ambassador

Parents in performing Arts