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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

It has been an exciting month so far with dancers back working in the studio, the online premiere of 10 SOLDIERS and the announcement of the premiere of Romeo + Juliet for 2021. Whilst so much remains uncertain for the performing arts industry, we're forging on, making and presenting work to audiences and hoping to see you in person for live performance real soon.

I've continued working on my new solo which is now at a really exciting stage of creation. We're on the verge of announcing the premiere in Birmingham this November so watch out for more news at the end of this month. I also want to thank the incredible Commissioning Angels who have donated to support the creation of my new solo, they are: Phoebus, John Nicholls, Simi Johal, Stella Hall, Ken & Laurie Brown, Marcus Banks, Michael Kopinski, Peter Snook, Nick Addyman, Sir Michael Carleton-Smith. CBE. DL., UHY Hacker Young, Yae Gertrude, Mike Smith, Bruce Marriott, Stefan & Helen Kay, Siobhan Redmond, Bill Stephens, Alice Mahar, Tim Joss, Jeremy Howard (MediClub) and Anonymous. Thank you all for your incredible support.

I was honoured to be joined by a distinguished panel of guests for the 10 SOLDIERS online premiere Q&A on Wednesday and delighted to receive a wonderful review from Lindsay Winship in The Guardian. You can catch up online with the show and Q&A until next Wednesday. On the night we also announced the premiere of my new large-scale work Romeo + Juliet; tickets are on sale now at Birmingham Hippodrome for March 2021. With that in mind we're on the lookout for incredible black, South Asian, white and mixed ethnicity professional dancers - audition applications close on 24 August.

Please do join us for the studio sharing of The Dancers Project on Friday 28 August at 3pm, I can't wait to see what these incredible women have been creating together.

    Rosie Kay
    Artistic Director
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    Online premiere and live post-show Q&A
    Available until Wed 19 August on YouTube

    The Guardian loved the online premiere of 10 SOLDIERS as part of Army@TheVirtualFringe describing it as "another potent work....handled with a sense of authenticity, character, humour and thoughtfulness" and "This could easily be a five-star show in the flesh."

    Catch it on YouTube for the next few days.
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    Post-show Q&A

    The online premiere was followed by a Q&A with:
    • Rosie Kay, Choreographer and Director
    • Col Dame Kelly Holmes, Double Olympic champion and Honorary Colonel of the Royal Armoured Corps
    • Fiona Allan, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Birmingham Hippodrome
    • Lt Col Wendy Faux, SO1 Arts, The British Army
    • Harry Parker, Former Army Captain, writer and artist
    • Hosted by Simon Preston
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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 commission three new socially distanced duets by RKDC regular dancers. Join them for a free studio sharing via a live stream on Friday 28 August at 3pm.

    cocoon escape
    by Carina Howard

    "Our identities are formed in many ways, from our job titles to our hair colour, and in the current climate it can feel like we are pressured to constantly improve ourselves. With this piece I encourage you to celebrate who you are right now and forgo the comfort of living inside a cocoon."

    One woman
    by Harriet Ellis

    An exploration of a modern day woman; how she feels, how she is seen, how she is essentially accompanied by her own image of herself, and how a patriarchal society influences her every thought, action and outcome.

    War On Self
    by Shanelle Clemenson

    "An exploration into the female expressions from youth to womanhood. Through joy, pain, silence, and unknown trauma, women remain beautiful and resilient."
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    Romeo + Juliet

    Tickets on sale for world premiere
    Wed 17 March 2021, Birmingham Hippodrome

    Rosie Kay’s new re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy sets the action in the hot Birmingham summer of 2021. In this diverse city, young people’s family loyalties give way to gang allegiance as teenagers play with adult rules. A party in the park gets out of control sparking rumours, rioting and revenge. In the midst of rivalries, first tastes of freedom and sparks of a full-on first love ignite. Two young lovers are led to their tragic deaths by events they can’t control.

    Fierce and uncompromising, Rosie Kay researched with Birmingham young people and on the beat with West Midlands Police to create her Romeo + Juliet.

    In association with Birmingham Hippodrome

    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.

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