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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

It’s been a joy to premiere Fantasia, and to get the reactions from audiences so far in Birmingham and Liverpool. After years of research and weeks of very intense work in the studio, there is nothing like the moment a new work gets exposed to an audience for the first time. It was wonderful to see such joyous reactions, with people responding to the music, the beautiful dancing and the strong emotion currents with comments such as ‘moved to tears’, ‘mesmerised’ and ‘totally captivating’.

Read on for news from the tour of Rosie Kay’s Fantasia, listen to the latest episode of the Future-Proof Artist Podcast, watch our wonderful new trailer and learn more about some of the recent company activities at home and abroad.

With best wishes,
Rosie Kay
Artistic Director
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Rosie Kay's Fantasia: new trailer

With such a remarkable response from our premiere performances at Birmingham Hippodrome and at LEAP Festival in Liverpool, we are now looking forward to the next stop on our UK and our only Scottish date in the tour calendar at The Brunton in Musselburgh.

I’m am delighted by how the dancers are digging deeper and exploring their performances and the overall show; I’m sensing real development as they become more confident, more relaxed and more technical in their approach- and it’s wonderful to see such strong and sensitive women taking centre stage. Thanks to Shanelle Clemenson, Carina Howard and Harriet Ellis.

It’s now time for us to get back on the road, remembering to bring our own tea bags and mugs, and adapting to trains and hotels and meeting amazing audiences across the country.

Please come and see this new work on tour, and support live dance in your area.
Now touring to:
The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 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 past few weeks we have been delighted to receive some great coverage for Rosie Kay's Fantasia in the National and regional media. Here's a selection for you, in case you missed them:

"It’s a winning combination, cartoonishly full of skill, verve and vitality, and tickling your senses of both humour and wonder."
The Guardian, Sanjoy Roy ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Bravo to Rosie Kay, who does it yet again, delivering thought provoking dance in a very smartly designed package."
Dance Tabs, Bruce Marriot ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"The technicality of the cast driven by Kay’s superb modern choreography and modelled on a classical score links past perceptions of art and beauty to our own modern thinking"
Behind the Arras, Elizabeth Halpin ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Future-Proof Artist

In Episode 4 of the Future-Proof Artist podcast series, Simon Preston talks to Rosie Kay and composer Annie Mahtani about their many years of working together and the joy of collaborating on Rosie Kay’s Fantasia.

In this podcast, Rosie and Annie reflect on their 15 years of working together, their earliest conversations about sound, their mutual and abiding respect for each other as artists and researchers and why they believe their collaborations have challenged and inspired them in equal measure.
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Epic Arts

Rosie was invited to spend a day with the incredible dance company, Epic Arts at De Montfort University in Leicester. Epic Arts is an international, inclusive arts organisation based in the UK and Cambodia and registered as a charity in the UK. Epic Arts use the arts as a form of expression and empowerment to bring people with and without disabilities together.

Rosie started off with a technique class based on improvisation and set material, before giving a presentation on the research behind Fantasia. The group then spent time exploring different ways to work with the musical score which includes Bach, Kurtag and Vivaldi. The dancers were utterly incredible and totally committed, and we ended the day with an informal sharing of about 15 minutes of material. We hope to work with Epic Arts again in the UK or Cambodia.
In conversation with Dada Masilo

In Conversation with Dada Masilo, choreographer of Giselle

On Friday 18 October, Rosie and ACE Dance and Music performer Iona Waite chaired a conversation with Dada Masilo that discussed her approach to dance making, choreography and leadership in dance.

This creative conversation was designed to connect choreographers, dance artists and producers who want to share experiences and be part of an ongoing, open conversation about making dance.

Kunstkamer, 60 Year celebration Anniversary, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Den Haag, Netherlands

Rosie was invited to the Netherlands Dance Theatre's 60th anniversary gala in Den Haag as a Director of Dance Consortium.

This new specially created full-length work, Kunstkamer, was created in collaboration with four choreographers, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Marco Goecke and Crystal Pite and danced by the dancers of NDT 1 and NDT 2, accompanied live by the Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Matthew Rowe.

The two halves mixed the work of all four choreographers together, although music choices and lighting helped indicate whose work was created by whom.

Rosie also caught up with her mentor, the incredibly inspiring Emily Molnar, current director of Ballet BC and soon-to-be Artistic Director of NDT in 2020.

Thanks to Netherlands Dance Theatre and to Dance Consortium.

BBC Arts, ‘I am Soldier’

Rosie Kay and Louis Price are working with West Midlands artist Monique Mehra as mentors and directors to create ‘I am Soldier'.

This new short dance film has been commissioned by BBC Arts, Arts Council England and Rural Media and is supporting Monique as a ‘New Creative’, part of a two-year national programme that creates high-quality, bold and original moving image, audio and interactive artworks.

Monique and Rosie first met through the site-specific participatory work 120 Soldiers which opened the premiere of 10 SOLDIERS at Birmingham Hippodrome.

120 Soldiers inspired Monique to create ‘I am Soldier’. Monique, Rosie and Louis are currently filiming on a hillside in the Hereford countryside, praying that it’s not going to rain.
Monique Mehra


Rosie Kay's Fantasia

Touring November 2019
The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 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
Support Rosie Kay's work
thanks to our fans
Thanks to our Patrons: The Fiscal Incentives Group, Opus Restaurant, Stefan Kay & Merle Wray