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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

It's been a busy and intense few weeks, creating Rosie Kay's Fantasia with three fantastic dancers, Shanelle Clemenson, Harriet Ellis and Carina Howard. We have worked in a variety of ways, sometimes working from video of improvisations, sometimes working directly with the music, other times creating task-based movements and adapting to the score. Each piece of music has had a slightly different approach and the enormity of the work seems to really be coming together this week.

Read on for news from the rehearsals of Rosie Kay’s Fantasia and its forthcoming tour and my recent Birmingham Pro Classes at DanceXchange.

With best wishes,
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Rosie Kay
Artistic Director
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Rosie Kay's Fantasia

The countdown has begun and with less than week to go before our premiere performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, it gives us great pleasure to reveal the truly delightful tutus that have joined us in rehearsals!

During the last week I have spent all my time rehearsing with our wonderful dancers and working with our extraordinary and inspiring creative team: Annie Mahtani (Composer), Mike Gunning (Lighting Designer), Louis Price (Costume Designer) and Sasha Keir (Costumier).

We also had a visit from choreographer Lisa Simpson, creator of the Simpson Board, who observed our work for the day and asked questions on the creative process. We hope to work with Lisa further in the future.

THE MUSIC

Annie will be delivering the final version of the music to us this week and we can’t wait for you to experience, at first hand, the extraordinary musical narrative she has created for the performance.

We had particular pleasure in decoding the Purcell work; 'Music for a while' and learning about the goddess Alecto and to discover this fascinating article by Scott Horton in Harper's Magazine that explains the link between music, myth, mathematics, anger, return to order and music healing the world, all of which are themes you can find within Rosie Kay's Fantasia. You can read it here.

THE COSTUMES

We were also joined by Louis and Sasha this week to fit each costume for the dancers. We had a few alterations to make, and a slight tense moment when a delivery from Germany didn't appear, but I am delighted to report that we are back on track now, and we expect a final fitting this Friday.

THE LIGHTING

Mike visited us in rehearsal last week to talk through the three-part structure of the show. During a performance run we tried to pick out the subtle changes in each section and how this would be highlighted by the lighting. Spending time with Mike has helped me see the work in a new light (literally) and see the three parts as dedications to the sun, the moon and the earth.

In this final week in the studio, we hope to refine the work and get it into perfect shape before going into the theatre and into the technical production.

I'm feeling very excited about this new work; it promises to be a delight of dance, music and joy. We hope to see you at one of our venues on tour.

Touring September - November 2019
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, Mon 18 Nov
Northern Ballet, Leeds, Thu 21 Nov
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Rosie Kay's Fantasia - in the press

Over the last few days we have been delighted to receive some great coverage in the National and regional media. Here's a couple of recent interviews with Rosie in case you missed them:

The Guardian, Lyndsey Winship
Fantasia: how to pack maximum pleasure into an hour of dancing
Trailblazing choreographer Rosie Kay is using the latest research in neuroscience to bring unalloyed joy to her audience

#Brum Hour, Diane Parkes
Diane Parkes talks to Rosie Kay ahead of the premiere perfomances of Rosie Kay's Fantasia at Birmingham Hippodrome on 25 & 26 September.

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Birmingham Pro Classes at DanceXchange

This September I have had the pleasure of leading three contemporary ballet classes as part of the Birmingham Pro Class programme.

Birmingham Pro Class is a non-profit making collective initiative by dance artists, companies and organisations in the city that responds to the ambition of the city's dance sector to have a consistent bi-weekly offer of high-quality classes in a variety of styles, for dance artists and professional practitioners. Rosie Kay Dance Company is delighted to support this initiative.

Access to the Pro Classes is by membership only, with members enjoying discounted access to professional classes and priority booking for special events. Membership fees go directly into funding the programme.

Calendar

Rosie Kay's Fantasia
Touring September - November 2019
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, Mon 18 Nov
Northern Ballet, Leeds, Thu 21 Nov
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