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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

Welcome to May – we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.

This month we bring you more digital art for you to watch and listen to in difficult times whilst theatres are closed. We're really missing the unique experience of sitting in a theatre with an audience and watching a show together so we're offering two online performances of Rosie Kay's Fantasia which we hope you'll join us for.

On Friday 8th and Wednesday 13th May at 8pm you can see Rosie Kay's Fantasia for free on YouTube. The performers and creative team will be also be watching so say hello and send us your thoughts in the comments box as the show streams. Afterwards, join me, the performers, composer Annie Mahtani and host Simon Preston for a live post-show Q&A where you can ask us about the work.

We hope that this performance full of joy will be the perfect tonic for your spirits.

    Take care,
    Rosie Kay
    Artistic Director
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    p.s. check out this new article by Emily May in Flash Art: Soldiering On: Touring in the time of coronavirus
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    Rosie Kay's Fantasia

    Online Premiere - Friday 8 & Wednesday 13 May, 8pm

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

    Rosie Kay’s newest work 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.

    Set a YouTube reminder to join us at https://youtu.be/oRA4IHPkQTE

    Thank you

    On behalf of the board and staff of Rosie Kay Dance Company we'd like to say a huge thank you to Stefan Kay as he steps down from the voluntary board of directors. Stefan has served the company as chair, a director, audience member and donor since its inception in 2004. He has been a huge source of expertise, guidance and encouragement and we will no doubt call on him regularly as he now becomes an advisor to the company. Thank you Stefan!

    Absolute Solo II

    A new lockdown solo in the making

    Rosie Kay stopped performing in 2015, after a career spanning over 30 years on stage. Rosie never thought this could ever happen, and has been happy to be behind the scenes the past five years. But the need to perform started to grow again, and Kay has been thinking about returning to stage. Getting thrust onto stage in the USA with 5 SOLDIERS certainly broke down any lingering sense of insecurity.

    Kay has thinking about her own life and her own body as the material for a new work, and revisiting core feminist texts and their relevance to today’s society. Now, as an older dancing female, she has something to say about the female body and the experience of being female and being on stage. Part autobiography, part socio-anthropological study, Kay will use ideas of performance, identity, sex and gender to explore her new dancing spirit.

    Happening between 18 -22 May 2020, Rosie will be in a virtual residency with C-DaRE (Centre for Dance Research at the University of Coventry, unable to actually be in the studio, her work will be done at home, in lockdown, and this will be a chance to glimpse some of her unique research methods.

    Kay will be taking over the C-DaRE Facebook and Twitter and her progress can also be followed here www.rosiekay.co.uk/absolute-solo-ii
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    Flatpack Festival Premiere

    Our new short dance film CITY - BREATH - WATER has been selected for premiere as part of the Flatpack Festival Screen Dance Shorts programme. The festival has moved online and CITY - BREATH - WATER will be available to view for free from 8 - 17 May 2020.

    This new dance film was shot in Birmingham and features three dancers and three elements, the city, breath and water. Classically dressed with a twist in African fabric covered tutus, three female dancers walk across water to a backdrop of city sounds. Each dancer performs a focussed solo, cut together, breath exaggerated, each movement precise and accompanied by the sound of water splashes. Simple, intense, technical, yet atmospheric. A poem of dance responding to the beauty and harshness of the city.

    Donate for art's sake

    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.

    If you can, please consider making a donation to Rosie Kay Dance Company.

    Thank you
    Support Rosie Kay's work

    Still available

    More digital culture, all available for free

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    Rosie Kay's 10 Favourite Dance Productions

    "Let me begin with a caveat- by no means is this list exhaustive of all the amazing dance I have ever seen..." Read in full here
    Your last chance to watch MK ULTRA - available until 17 May 2020 for free on YouTube.
    The 2017 live stream of 5 SOLDIERS (commissioned by The Space) available for free on YouTube.
    Future-Proof Artist
    Five episodes of our arts talk show podcast. Available for free on iTunes and Soundcloud.
    Thanks to our Patrons: The Fiscal Incentives Group, Opus Restaurant, Stefan Kay & Merle Wray
    Thanks to the Friends of Rosie Kay