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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

It is July and chinks of light and hope are starting to appear.

Like many people we were mightily relieved to hear of the £1.57bn UK government support package for the performing arts. Whilst the difficulties caused by this virus are far from over, this news gives some hope that more venues and organisations will survive the crisis.

Two chinks of light emerging from the cancellation of the Edinburgh Festival include Army@TheVirtualFringe where we will give the online premiere of 10 SOLDIERS. Also giving us hope is The Dancers Project where we are commissioning three incredible performers to choreograph socially distanced duets next month.

I'm working hard in the studio developing my new solo ahead of its premiere in November and as a timeline starts to emerge for the reopening of theatres we hope to soon announce a date and venue for this performance. I'm spurred on by the incredible support of the Commissioning Angels - we need just two more people to donate to reach our target of 21 Angels to mark the 21 years since my first solo show.

After the horrific news of the killing of George Floyd last month and the global reaction we're feeling real hope in our own world inspired by the leadership of Culture Central. Their More Than a Moment campaign aims to deliver decisive and sustainable change in the arts and RKDC are actively involved in challenging our own practices and have donated to their Freedom Fund for Black Artists in the West Midlands.

Please read on for even more news,

    Rosie Kay
    Artistic Director


    Online premiere and live post-show Q&A
    12 August 2020 at 19:30 on YouTube

    In 2017 we headlined the inaugural Army@TheFringe programme in Edinburgh with 5 SOLDIERS. This year, the venue presents Army@TheVirtualFringe and we're delighted to be sharing the online premiere of 10 SOLDIERS. Watch along with the creative team and performers and join us for a live post-show Q&A.

    Live Every Moment

    Creating dance for film and TV and adapting live dance for digital

    Free workshop with Rosie Kay 11 August at 14:30

    Rosie Kay talks about her experience of working in dance and film, from live streams of 5 SOLDIERS at an army drill hall, to choreographing the hit musical, Sunshine on Leith and the global live broadcast of the Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony. She will reveal the highs, the lows and some of the things you should know about creating work for screen or adapting stage work for digital. Followed by a live Q+A, this is a chance for those interested in digital arts and film to ask Kay questions about her work, her research methods and her preparation.
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    The Dancers Project

    Shanelle Clemenson, Harriet Ellis & Carina Howard

    Studio sharing Friday 28 August, 3pm

    Rising from the ashes of a cancelled run of Rosie Kay's Fantasia at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we're delighted to announce the commissioning of three new socially distanced duets by RKDC regular dancers Shanelle Clemenson, Harriet Ellis and Carina Howard. This is the first time RKDC has commissioned works by other choreographers to be performed by professional dancers and we can't wait to see the results of this process.

    It has been a hard time recently for dancers trapped in their bedrooms trying to keep their fitness at their usual peak level and not having the space to dance properly. We're delighted that dance studios can reopen at the end of this month and in August we'll be working within the current social distancing guidelines to create work by these three incredible females. Join them for a free studio sharing via a live stream on Friday 28 August at 3pm.
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    Could you be a Commissioning Angel?

    Just two more Angels until we reach our target

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    Monique Mehra LR

    New Board Member

    We're delighted to welcome Monique Mehra as a new member of our voluntary board of directors. Monique is a Care Quality Commission ‘Expert by Experience’ and also a Changing Our Lives Associate, recently researching postural care. She became involved with Rosie Kay at the 10 SOLDIERS world premiere and was one of 120 SOLDIERS in Rosie’s pop up foyer performance.
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    5 SOLDIERS in 360° virtual reality

    Now available on demand at livr.co.uk

    In a first for RKDC, we have partnered with livr.co.uk to bring you the 2020 tour of 5 SOLDIERS in virtual reality. Experience 5 SOLDIERS up close and personal from the front row in 360° virtual reality on your VR headset. By moving your head whilst viewing you can select your own unique view of the show and even turn around to see the other audience members! We'd love to know what you think of this experience and if you'd like to see other shows in VR.

    2019-20 Annual Report released

    Looking back on the last year at a time when the future is all but certain was an unusual experience.

    2019-20 was an amazing year and included two tours to the USA and two premieres of new work including our first full length large-scale work 10 SOLDIERS.

    We hope you enjoy reviewing some of 2019-20's achievements. Hopefully you'll see from our recent work that we've always been responding to and reflecting a changing world and we look forward to continuing to do so.

    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
    Thanks to our Patrons: The Fiscal Incentives Group, Opus Restaurant, Stefan Kay & Merle Wray
    Thanks to the Friends of Rosie Kay