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What a year 2017 has been!

We've premiered two new works, toured three shows, live-streamed to the world and become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. Thank you to everyone who has joined and supported us on this journey.

To top it all we received two nominations for the 2017 Critic's Circle National Dance Awards:
  • Best Independent Company
  • Outstanding female solo performance (modern) for Shelley Eva Haden in MK ULTRA
Read on for more exciting news about what's coming up for RKDC.
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Rosie Kay, Artistic Director
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Shelley Eva Haden in MK ULTRA
"In these post-truth days, conspiracy theories abound. Choreographer Rosie Kay and film-maker Adam Curtis spotlit some of these in their hallucinatory MK Ultra, a danced decryption of the fantastical threads running through popular culture."
Luke Jennings, Best Dance of 2017
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5 SOLDIERS goes stateside

Showcase rehearsal, DanceXchange, Birmingham, Thu 11 Jan, 16:00

Following 5 SOLDIERS sell-out success in Edinburgh and a national tour we're heading to the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) conference in New York in January. We'll present showcase performances at the Alvin Ailey Studios to promoters interested in booking the show for a tour in Spring 2019. Thanks to UKTI for supporting this trip.

If you'd like to see the showcase rehearsal please join us at DanceXchange 16:00 on 11/1/18

Thanks to everyone who supported the recent live stream of 5 SOLDIERS, particularly The Space, Sadler's Wells, The British Army, BBC Arts Online, Dance Hub Birmingham and HOME Manchester. We're currently working on where the final edited version will be screened so stay tuned.
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MODERN WARRIOR Premiere

Our new outdoor/urban work MODERN WARRIOR premiered on 23 September as part of Birmingham Weekender. Inspired by vintage martial arts films the show takes two tribes, the TRADS (traditionalists) and the MODS (modernists), and pitches them against each other. The six professional dancers were joined by volunteer MODS and TRADS from the crowds in Birmingham New Street Station.

Watch out for MODERN WARRIOR at Birmingham's Chinese New Year celebrations in February and at International Dance Festival Birmingham 2018.
Watch the trailer:
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Interested in booking MODERN WARRIOR for your festival in 2018? Contact James Preston
Co-commissioned by International Dance Festival Birmingham & Birmingham Weekender (produced by DanceXchange and supported by Birmingham Hippodrome)
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The Future-Proof Artist

Dance City, Newcastle, 28 February 2018

An event to bring together interesting, successful and diverse figures of the arts and sciences to talk about success, failure, resilience, barriers and how to succeed.

The event is designed for dance and culture professionals and students to view future-proofing through the lens of dance. As Dance City's Associate Artist I will lead the conversation with guests from the arts and sciences who all bring a unique perspective on the world.
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Fantasia R&D

Studio sharing, DanceXchange, Birmingham, Fri 23 Mar, 15:00

I'm currently researching and developing a new work titled 'Fantasia' using cutting-edge neurological research on the effects of music and dance on the brain, to provoke sensations and pleasure in audience’s brains. This is going to be a piece of pure, beautiful dance!

I did some early explorations recently at Dance City, Newcastle and I'll also be looking at ideas with the West Midlands Centre for Advanced Dance Training. In March I'll be visiting the Center for Music in the Brain at Aarhaus University, Denmark to present and research. After that I'll have a week in the studio with three dancers - please join us for the sharing on 23 March.
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Woyzeck

Birmingham REP, 15-23 June 2018

I'm delighted to be part of the recently announced 2018 season at Birmingham REP as Choreographer and Associate Director on a new version of Woyzeck. It is so exciting to work with Director Roxanna Silbert, writer Leo Butler and designer Neil Murray....oh and a community chorus of 100 people from the West Midlands!

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