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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

We have lots of exciting news to share with you this month:
  • A new trailer for MK ULTRA showcasing the amazing talents of the new cast
  • A shortlisting for One Dance's Dance Personality of the Year (get your votes in!)
  • Upcoming performances, including 10 SOLDIERS, our first show to be programmed for the MAIN STAGE at Birmingham Hippodrome
  • The chance to see a new piece that I am making for Eliot Smith Dance Company in Newcastle
Best of wishes and we hope you can join us for some stunning dance over the next few weeks,
Rosie Kay, Artistic Director
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Watch now: the new trailer for MK ULTRA

The second tour of MK ULTRA is in full swing with the show being selected as a
Critics' Choice in the Financial Times and one of the Autumn Must-See Shows in The Times.

"Rosie Kay attempts to unpick the layers of misinformation and fake news through the medium of dance in her dense, multi-layered, visually dazzling MK ULTRA, made in collaboration with documentary film-maker Adam (The Power of Nightmares) Curtis. Dressed with psychedelic exuberance by Gary Card (of Lady Gaga fame) and with a hybrid movement vocabulary that fuses hip-hop, ballet and contemporary dance, the result is spellbinding."
Louise Levene, FT, Weekend Critics Choice

Don't miss us as we shine a spotlight on the blurring of real and fake in the media, and how the twisting of truths and a sense of powerlessness has created a hotbed of conspiracy theory.

Tickets for upcoming shows

16 October
Strode Theatre
Street, Somerset

23 October
Customs House
South Shields

26 October
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
8 November
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Post-show talk with Adam Curtis

10 November
LEAP Dance Festival

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We are committed to creating bold, new work and when we do re-tour previous shows, we take every opportunity to strengthen them, expand the ideas and push the choreography to the next level.

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Dance Personality of the Year: vote for Rosie

Rosie Kay has been shortlisted for One Dance’s 2018 ‘Dance Personality of the Year’, an award recognising the individual who has done the most to raise the profile of dance amongst the general public over the last 12 months.

A vote for Rosie is a vote for bold new dance that thrills and moves a diverse public with relevant, important, political and meaningful dance.
The award is decided by public vote so contribute your voice now. Voting closes on 14 October.

Here are some of Rosie’s activities over the last year that have fought for greater recognition of and participation in dance as a powerful creative artform:
  • Choreographing the Commonwealth Games handover show, working with hundreds of Birmingham’s youth as it was live televised around the world via the BBC. The broadcast reached a global audience of over 1 billion people. ‘A spectacular show with its young people as the stars’ and ‘a huge show stopper,’ Birmingham Live.
  • Associate Director and Choreographer for Birmingham REP’s staging of Woyzeck, staging a community chorus of 100 performers and dancers to tell a story about striving for a better life when the odds seem stacked against you.
  • Epic outdoor dance adventure Modern Warrior headlined the Chinese New Year celebrations in Birmingham’s China Town in February 2018, before touring to family arts festivals across the country: Brighton Festival, Birmingham International Dance Festival, Bournemouth’s Discover, Play, Dream: Dance! Just So Festival, and Lift Off! The opening weekend of Wiltshire Creative. Modern Warrior presented the opportunity for members of the public of any age to dance alongside a team of RKDC professional dancers in a series of outdoor performances.
  • A second tour of MK ULTRA, a show initially devised from research into young people’s beliefs and distrust of the mainstream media, visiting nine locations across the UK.
  • Rosie is also an active ambassador for PIPA (Parents in performing Arts) and What Next? ‘Rights Risks and Reputations’.

Adam Curtis joins us for post-show talk in London

BAFTA-winning filmmaker and BBC journalist Adam Curtis will join us for a post-show talk following our performance of MK ULTRA at Southbank Centre on 8 November. The creative force behind The Power of Nightmares, Century of the Self, Bitter Lake and Hypernormalisation will discuss his role in MK ULTRA as creative collaborator, how power manifests in our readings of pop culture, and how perhaps humans are becoming more like automatons every day.

This is a rare opportunity to hear Adam Curtis speak about MK ULTRA with this being the ONLY post-show talk on the tour that he is joining us for. Don’t miss it!
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Main stage premiere at the Hippodrome

May 2019 tickets on sale now
Following our recent announcement of becoming Associate Company at Birmingham Hippodrome, our first show on their main stage will be a newly expanded version of our award-winning 5-star show, 5 SOLDIERS.

Bringing the show up to date with new in-depth research into life in the British Army, 10 SOLDIERS will hone its gaze on LGBTQI+ and BAME identities in the military, also exploring relationships between women in the Army.

10 SOLDIERS premieres at Birmingham Hippodrome 21 May 2019 and then tours to
Edinburgh Festival Theatre 30 May 2019

Choreography for Eliot Smith Dance at SageGateshead

Tuesday 27 November, 8pm
Tickets £13.10 (concessions available)

Rosie Kay has choreographed one part of Eliot Smith Dance’s upcoming triple bill at SageGateshead in November. Alongside the commission will be the premiere of Sacrification, a new composition for trombone ensemble and percussion from American trombonist, band leader, and composer Jason Holcomb. A retrospective and abstract look into the glorification of war and conflict and the sacrifices made by those affected, the piece has been commissioned by ESD in association with The Royal British Legion and will see Holcomb performing live with ESD in a stunning collaboration of art forms.

Visually stunning, choreography original and technically so accomplished’' Resolutions’14