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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

It is always an exciting moment to meet and audition new dancers, it is the time when a show that I've been thinking about in my head and plotting on paper for years starts to become real. We were honoured to meet incredible, talented dancers, many of whom were in a studio for the first time in months. Of course, making dance in a covid-secure environment is a whole different ballgame but we're getting used to the new requirements and taking it one step at a time to enable us to keep creating during this fragile time. I hope to be able to share news of our new cast for Romeo + Juliet with you next month.

In the meantime, if you're from Birmingham we have two opportunities for you to consider - the first is to have your voice heard as part of the soundscape for Romeo + Juliet. We're also delighted to have received funding from Birmingham City Council's Cultural Diversity fund and are now recruiting for an Assistant Producer from an ethnicity underrepresented in arts leadership - please help us share this wonderful opportunity.

Below you'll find a link to the on-demand studio sharing of The Dancers Project and also a beautiful film from Lisa Simpson Dance about a project RKDC worked on during lockdown. Finally, welcome to Amelia Clarkson, our new Communications Manager - welcome to the team!

    Best wishes,
    Rosie Kay
    Artistic Director

    Date for your diary

    Join me for the world premiere of

    Absolute Solo II

    Sat 21 November at 8pm
    tickets are sold out but you can watch at home (see below)

    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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    The Dancers Project - studio sharing

    Catch up on demand

    Join Rosie Kay and company dancers Shanelle Clemenson, Harriet Ellis and Carina Howard for a studio sharing of three new socially distanced duets and updates on all our current projects.

    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."

    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.

    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."
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    CALLOUT: Birmingham voices wanted

    Be part of Rosie Kay's Romeo + Juliet

    We are looking for volunteers (aged 16+) to help create the voices of the city in this new production. Set in the present day, we follow two groups of young people as they negotiate tensions, parties, love and ultimately tragedy in the city of Birmingham. Following choreographer Rosie Kay’s intensive research in the city, Rosie is looking for Birmingham voices who will volunteer to record parts of the script to be used in the soundtrack to the show.

    We are looking for real Birmingham people to be the voices of a TV news presenter, a local, community and pirate radio presenters, different Police officers, an A+E nurse, ambulance crew and 999 control centre dispatcher. We’re also looking for local men and women of various ages to talk about what they witness, local gossip and reactions to news stories. You will be given a draft script and then asked to record your voice on a phone device. Your voice could become part of the sound score of this new and exciting work, which will premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome on 17 March 2021.

    To volunteer please email info@rosiekay.co.uk by Thu 12 November 2020.
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    Branching Out with Lisa Simpson

    Merseyside based choreographer Lisa Simpson collaborated with Rosie in July as part of a unique research and development project. As a disabled choreographer with quadrepligic cerebral palsy who is also non-verbal, Lisa was seeking opportunities to work with experienced non-disabled dancers and a team of professional collaborators. Due to Covid-19 Louis Price (visual design), Lee Affen (sound design), Brent Lees (lighting design), Rebecca Randall (Translator), mentor Rosie Kay together with dancers Harriet Ellis and Luke Bradshaw collaborated virtually through Zoom. Take a look at Lisa's process in this short documentary by filmmaker Jonny Randall.

    "I found the whole experience enriching. Working with such a supportive and highly experienced team gave me the confidence to try new things and discover ways of working which I will take forward in my practice. Now I'm looking for the next opportunity to develop my ideas further"

    The project was supported by Arts Council England's Developing Your Creative Practice fund.
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    Absolute Solo II

    Register to watch at home

    Tickets are now sold out for socially distanced performances in at Birmingham REP on Sat 21 November at 8pm and Dance City, Newcastle on Sat 28 November at 7.30pm. However you can watch at home on either of these dates via YouTube or Facebook. We recommend drawing the curtains, dimming the lights and switching your mobile devices to silent for the best experience.
    Supported by The Commissioning Angels

    JOB: Assistant Producer (Romeo + Juliet)

    Funded by Birmingham City Council’s Cultural Development Service Cultural Diversity Scheme
    We’re looking for an incredible Birmingham individual whose ethnicity is underrepresented in cultural leadership who has the potential to be a future cultural leader for the city. You will gain professional experience of working on a large-scale production through the rehearsal and production process for Romeo + Juliet. The Assistant Producer will take on specific responsibilities within the production team and receive a bespoke package of mentoring alongside training in company management, covid-secure working, fundraising, marketing, finance and governance. You’ll develop industry contacts and create a future action plan for next steps in your leadership career in Birmingham.
    Application Deadline: 10am Monday 16 November
    Thanks to our Patrons
    Thanks to the Friends of Rosie Kay

    Birmingham Hippodrome Associate