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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

I've just finished my final studio rehearsal for Wednesday's world premiere of Absolute Solo II and I'm feeling honoured, humbled and maybe a bit scared about the prospect of being back on stage! I know that audiences will also find it a strange experience to be back in the theatre but rest assured the venues are working tirelessly to make it a safe and welcoming experience. Please do join me for this momentous occasion.

If you'd like to know more about the making of my new solo Adult Female Dancer take a listen to the newest episode in our Future-proof Artist podcast series or download the programme. And to find our more about the making of our new production of Romeo + Juliet, please join us for a panel discussion on Friday 28 May.

We're so delighted to announce and welcome two new members to the RKDC Board of directors. Nick Addyman and Joyce Gyimah both bring a wealth of experience and unique perspectives to help us drive our mission forward. Welcome Nick and Joyce; we look forward to working with you.

Hoping to see you in person over the coming months,

    Rosie Kay
    Artistic Director

    19 MAY 2021


    Repertory Theatre

    16 JUNE 2021

    Salisbury Playhouse Wiltshire Creative

    24 JULY 2021


    Festival Theatre

    New Podcast Episode

    Episode 6 of The Future-Proof Artist features Rosie Kay in conversation with Simon Preston, talking about the reality of working as an artist during the Covid-19 pandemic and her return to performing on stage in her upcoming new solo work 'Adult Female Dancer'.

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

    Friday 28 May 14:30-15:30 and on-demand afterwards

    Our new re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy sets the action in the hot Birmingham summer of 2021. In the making since 2015, Rosie Kay‘s inspiration was fuelled by seventeen years of living and working with the city’s communities and research with pupils of Birmingham’s Nelson Mandela School and with South Asian choreographers. The show explores the themes of love, knife crime and rivalries that remain as relevant a subject now as they did when the play was originally conceived.

    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.

    Romeo + Juliet will be performed on Wed 8 Sep at Birmingham Hippodrome.

    Could you donate £15 a month?

    These are challenging times for the survival of art and artists. We are fortunate to be supported in part by Arts Council England however we also rely on one-off and regular donations to continue creating new work and touring.

    Donating £15 per month is a great way to show your support for the arts and means a huge amount to a company like RKDC.

    Thank you

    New board members

    We're delighted to welcome two new member to the RKDC Board of voluntary trustees.

    Nick Addyman

    Nick is a former London City solicitor and a founder member of the Parabis Group, sold to Duke Street Capital in 2012. Nick has considerable experience and knowledge gained from his professional career. Nick holds a number of non-executive directorships both in the commercial and charitable sectors and supports a number of other arts organisations including English National Opera.

    Joyce Gyimah

    Joyce is a freelance consultant, manager and educator. Her roles have included strategic planning, marketing, project management, event management, and the conception, construction, and implementation of educational outreach work and strategies.
    Joyce is the Co-founder of Black Artists in Dance (BAID) an organisation dedicated to supporting individuals and organisations to make strategic change within the dance sector, while empowering them to question dominant societal ideologies and perceptions of the dancing body, aesthetic and language.

    Culture Recovery Fund

    Rosie Kay Dance Company are grateful to be one over 2,700 recipients to benefit from the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. This support will allow us to employ creative freelancers as we return to live performance, premiering and touring Absolute Solo II and preparing to premiere Romeo + Juliet.
    Thanks to our Patrons
    Thanks to the Friends of Rosie Kay

    Birmingham Hippodrome Associate