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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

It is a time of ups and downs. I'm disappointed not to performing Absolute Solo II next week at Birmingham REP and at Dance City the following week. Having, like so many people, spent so much of this year in relative isolation, I was so looking forward to being with an audience again and feel so ready to perform. Alas, it wasn't to be. Instead, to get you through the winter lockdowns we're re-releasing Fantasia for a limited online season - if you haven't seen it yet please enjoy an hour of beauty, wonder and escapism on us.

We are still working hard to bring you the world premiere of my Romeo + Juliet in March and are delighted and excited to announce a stellar cast of incredible performers who will bring the show to life. I can't wait to start working with them!

There are a couple of last chance callouts to consider this weekend - we're looking for an Assistant Producer from an ethnicity underrepresented in arts leadership and volunteers to be the voices of Romeo + Juliet.

    Best wishes,
    Rosie Kay
    Artistic Director

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    We’re disappointed that we won't be able to bring you the world premiere of Absolute Solo II on 21 and 28 November as planned, due to the current lockdown. Please bear with us while we try to reschedule the shows.
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    Romeo + Juliet Cast & Creative Team Announcement

    We're delighted to announce the full cast for the upcoming premiere of Romeo + Juliet at Birmingham Hippodrome on 17 March 2021. Juliet will be played by Mayowa Ogunnaike and Romeo by Subhash Viman Gorania. Deepraj Singh will be dancing Romeo’s right-hand man Merc, Tybalt will be performed by David Devyne, Dan Baines will be playing Paris, Angel, Juliet’s confidant, will be performed by Iona McGuire, Patrick Webster will perform the role of Ben, Rosa will be performed by Ayesha Fazal and Harry Ondrak-Wright will be playing the final member of The C’s (Capulet) gang, LJ.

    Created, choreographed and directed by Rosie Kay, Romeo + Juliet is produced by James Preston and the creative team reunites RKDC regular collaborators including Birmingham Composer Annie Mahtani, Dramaturg Ben Payne, Designer and film-maker Louis Price and Lighting Designer Mike Gunning. Artistic Advisors to the project include Birmingham photographer and artist Vanley Burke, actor and director Dylan Duffus and choreographer Aakash Odedra.

    LAST CHANCE: Birmingham voices wanted

    Be part of Rosie Kay's Romeo + Juliet

    We are looking for volunteers (aged 16+) to help create the voices of the city in this new production. Set in the present day, we follow two groups of young people as they negotiate tensions, parties, love and ultimately tragedy in the city of Birmingham. Following choreographer Rosie Kay’s intensive research in the city, Rosie is looking for Birmingham voices who will volunteer to record parts of the script to be used in the soundtrack to the show.

    We are looking for real Birmingham people to be the voices of a TV news presenter, a local, community and pirate radio presenters, different Police officers, an A+E nurse, ambulance crew and 999 control centre dispatcher. We’re also looking for local men and women of various ages to talk about what they witness, local gossip and reactions to news stories. You will be given a draft script and then asked to record your voice on a phone device. Your voice could become part of the sound score of this new and exciting work, which will premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome on 17 March 2021.

    To volunteer please email info@rosiekay.co.uk

    Experience something beautiful

    As we enter the extraordinary circumstances of Winter 2020, we are delighted to make our performance of Rosie Kay's Fantasia available to WATCH ONLINE for a limited time.

    Three bold female dancers luxuriate in Kay’s signature style of athletic, visceral, raw and technical choreography underscored with a wicked humour.

    Listed in the Guardian’s Top 10 Dance Shows of 2019, Rosie Kay’s Fantasia takes ballet and tutus into the 21st Century to create an exquisite performance of pleasure, beauty and finesse. Delve deeply into a soundtrack of Vivaldi, Purcell, Beethoven and Bach and revel in the vision of three bold female dancers as they explore love, loss, emotion and joy.

    Available online for 4 weeks only, we invite you to experience something beautiful in Rosie Kay’s Fantasia, recorded at the Laban Theatre in 2019.

    ★★★★ "a winning combination, cartoonishly full of skill, verve and vitality, and tickling your senses of both humour and wonder" - The Guardian, Top 10 Dance of 2019

    ★★★★ "utterly irresistible" - Financial Times

    LAST CHANCE: Assistant Producer (Romeo + Juliet)

    Funded by Birmingham City Council’s Cultural Development Service Cultural Diversity Scheme
    We’re looking for an incredible Birmingham individual whose ethnicity is underrepresented in cultural leadership who has the potential to be a future cultural leader for the city. You will gain professional experience of working on a large-scale production through the rehearsal and production process for Romeo + Juliet. The Assistant Producer will take on specific responsibilities within the production team and receive a bespoke package of mentoring alongside training in company management, covid-secure working, fundraising, marketing, finance and governance. You’ll develop industry contacts and create a future action plan for next steps in your leadership career in Birmingham.
    Application Deadline: 10am Monday 16 November
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    Thanks to the Friends of Rosie Kay

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