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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

Sometimes it is hard to stay positive. We're still in shock from the recent violent attacks on innocent people in our home city of Birmingham. Six months on from the beginning of lockdown in the UK and our recovery is still fragile; virus cases are rising, we have a new local lockdown in Birmingham and the reopening of theatres in Scotland has been delayed. As many wonderful theatre and dance professionals lose their work and livelihoods, a whole generation of young people are deprived of the opportunity to begin their careers.

As restrictions and threats on our daily lives and interactions become more extreme, it feels it would be easy to hide away and to reemerge when the storm is over. But of course, now, more than ever, artists have a vital role to play in helping make sense of the world and how we can navigate it. I've been blown away by the response to our audition callout for Romeo + Juliet where we're specifically looking for a company of young dancers who can help audiences make sense of my Birmingham-based Romeo + Juliet looking at gang violence through the eyes of an abandoned generation of young people.

With significant (and expensive) additional safeguards in place we are able to be back working in the studio and we're hoping to share the postponed live-streamed studio sharing of The Dancers Project with you on Friday 9 October at 3pm. I'm also still in rehearsal for Absolute Solo II and we're delighted to be announced as the first performance since lockdown at Dance City, Newcastle on Saturday 28 November.

I'm also really happy to hear that Birmingham Hippodrome will be opening its doors next month, sadly not for live performance yet, but for what looks like an incredible experience; Van Gogh Alive. Please book tickets and support The Hippodrome at this challenging time.

    Best wishes,
    Rosie Kay
    Artistic Director

    Looking for a Digital Communicator

    We're on the lookout for an incredible individual to work with us on our digital marketing and communications. This is a paid role with an average commitment of two days a week. We want to find someone who has a passion for our work.
    Please send your CV to james@rosiekay.co.uk

    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
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    The Dancers Project

    Carina Howard, Harriet Ellis & Shanelle Clemenson

    Livestream studio sharing Friday 9 October, 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 9 October 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."

    Beneath Her Turmoil
    by Harriet Ellis

    Beginning with an unworldly and satirical perspective and ending with raw, brutal honesty, ‘Beneath Her Turmoil’ explores the experiences and expectations 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.

    Graceful Resilience
    by Shanelle Clemenson

    "This piece is an exploration into the female expressions from childhood to womanhood. Through life, her joy, pain, silence, and past and present trauma, defines her very complex being. Yet, with all that has been cast her way, she still remains beautiful and resilient."
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    Absolute Solo II

    Live shows and live streams in Birmingham & Newcastle

    The reopening of theatres is still a fragile prospect with the Covid-19 situation changing daily. Venues are working hard to ensure your safety and so many of us are desperate to experience the thrill of live performance again. We can't wait to be on stage in Birmingham and Newcastle albeit with limited capacity, socially distanced audiences and also live streaming both performances for free to viewers at home.
    Saturday 21 November 2020 at 8pm
    Tickets: £16 + £2.50 transaction fee
    Currently sold out: to be added to the waiting list, please email ticketservices@birmingham-rep.co.uk with your name, contact details and party size.
    Saturday 28 November 2020 at 7.30pm
    Tickets: £21 (£17)
    On sale now: this is a socially distanced performance with a limited capacity, please book in your 'bubble' of up to six to ensure maximum capacity in the theatre
    Supported by The Commissioning Angels
    R+J research
    In association with Birmingham Hippodrome

    Research Film

    Rosie is known for her long and detailed research processes in creating her work. The idea for Romeo + Juliet came about in 2014 and since then she has researched with Birmingham young people, West Midlands Police and incredible South Asian choreographers. Find out more in our latest video about the research behind Romeo + Juliet.

    Audition Process

    We had an incredible response to the audition callout for nine roles in the show and, having watched everyone's audition videos at least twice, have narrowed it down to a shortlist of incredible performers. We've had to rethink the entire process to be able to audition in a socially distanced way and keep everyone safe but it is very exciting to be meeting new dancers in person.

    Schools Workshops

    Rosie taught a workshop for the Birmingham Hippodrome Education Network tutors in August. This incredible programme delivers workshops in 30 Birmingham schools each week as well as bringing pupils in to the theatre to see live shows. We're really looking forward to working with these schools further on this project and for many of them to come see the show on 17 March 2021.
    World premiere Birmingham Hippodrome, Wed 17 March 2021

    New Horizons Digital Dance Festival

    We loved working with Black Country Dance Hub on 5 SOLDIERS earlier this year and MK ULTRA (pictured) before that. Following the success of Black Country Dance Hub’s online project for younger dancers this summer, we’re thrilled to hear that they’ve launched a new project – ‘New Horizons Digital Dance Festival’ which is open to schools, colleges, universities and community/youth dance groups.
    Taking ‘Performing in a Changing World’ as a start point BCDH would like dancers to create a new piece or revisit a dance using this theme. You’ll need to film the piece and share it with BCDH for the footage to be incorporated into a professionally edited film which will form the New Horizons Digital Dance Festival.

    The New Horizons Digital Dance Festival will then premiere on Monday 30 November 2020 and showcase and celebrate the wealth and talent of our young dancers throughout the region.
    If you’re interested in getting involved here’s the key dates and details of how to sign up to the project:
    • Registration closes Fri 25 Sep
    • Filmed entries need to be with BCDH by Fri 23 Oct
    • New Horizons Digital Dance Festival premieres: Mon 30 Nov
    • For further info and to request an application form contact: Jodiestus@blackcountrydance.com
    Thanks to our Patrons
    Thanks to the Friends of Rosie Kay

    Birmingham Hippodrome Associate