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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

We've just finished the MK ULTRA tour and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to see the show. It was really fulfilling to revisit the work, refine it and take it on the road again with the Financial Times describing it as 'more persuasive than ever'.

I can't wait for the premiere of Artemis Clown as part of Eliot Smith Dance's Triple Bill this Tuesday at the Sage Gateshead, it is a work of true beauty danced by the incredible Gemma Paganelli. I'm also about to head off to the Centre for Music in the Brain in Aarhus, Denmark to give a presentation and to research my new work Fantasia.

Oh, and we have a truly exciting casting announcement for the upcoming tours of 5 SOLDIERS and 10 SOLDIERS - read on for more on that.

Finally, we've got lots of new videos for you to watch below - enjoy!
Rosie Kay, Artistic Director
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5 Soldiers returns with a surprise new cast member

Our next touring work will be the critically acclaimed 5 SOLDIERS: The Body is the Frontline. Our popular hit show will be on the road from January-April 2019 forming a major 14-date run presented in association with The Army. Tickets are already on sale for Salisbury Arts Centre, Perth Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough), and South Hill Park (Bracknell, near Reading), so if you know dancers and performing arts enthusiasts in these areas, tell them all about it!

This decade-long project has pioneered artistic field-research and taken contemporary dance out of traditional arts venues. In 2019 we are pushing one step further by casting current soldier Trooper Alex Smith, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards as one of our dancers in both 5 SOLDIERS and 10 SOLDIERS.
Just before he graduated as a professional ballet dancer at Northern Ballet, Alex decided to join the Army, a move influenced by stable employment prospects. Some years later,
5 SOLDIERS inspired him to renew his interest in dancing. His recent audition won his place as an incredible performer who brings his own personal knowledge of the preparation and commitment of being a soldier.
Alex Smith, new cast member

Tickets for upcoming shows

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Making contemporary dance that everyone wants to see

It has been 10 years since Rosie Kay first started exploring the lives of soldiers whilst recovering from a career-threatening injury. A decade later, we’ve become a National Portfolio Organisation, Associate Company at Birmingham Hippodrome and for the first time will be performing on their main stage. Premiering on 21 May, 10 SOLDIERS, is a brand new work that re-examines life in today’s Armed Forces.

We will be focusing on gender equality, LGBTQI identities and relationships between soldiers in a military that is increasingly recruiting women. We will also explore ethnic diversity, representing a broader spectrum of serving soldiers, and what soldiers can teach us about community bonding.
There will be power struggles within the ranks, feats of strength and bravery, romance and vulnerability. Tickets for all dates are on sale so get in there early.
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Music and the brain: Artemis Clown premieres in Newcastle

Over the last few months, Rosie Kay has been exploring work inspired by music and its relationship to the brain, the art of Artemisia Gentileschi (a female artist and contemporary of Caravaggio), and multi-layered performance.

Premiering with Eliot Smith Dance on Tuesday 27 November, the work expresses beauty, humour, fragility and strength, with the title referring to Artemis (goddess of wild animals, childbirth and virginity) and the clown Pierrot. The work has three introductions, before the main work of Ravel’s Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte followed by a switch up in pace with a fast jumping section. The piece ends on a shimmering image of transcendence. This work is dedicated to Gemma Paganelli, Principal Dancer at Eliot Smith Dance.

See the show: Tomorrow, 27 November at Sage Gateshead.

Funded and Supported by England Arts Council and Northumberland Arts Development

Support our dancers and join the Fan Club

With a busy season of touring planned for next year, it’s an excellent time to join our Fan Club and support our work.

Membership grants special invites to pre-show events at which you can meet Rosie and hear more about each work, plus you will benefit from knowing that you are playing an important and crucial role in supporting the UK’s contemporary dance scene!
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Listen: Rosie Kay on Monocle's arts and culture show

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Calendar of upcoming events

Tuesday 27 November, Artemis Clown premieres at Sage Gateshead. £13.10
31 January – 1 February 2019, 5 Soldiers at Salisbury Arts Centre
5 February, 5 Soldiers at Perth Theatre
7 February, 5 Soldiers at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
12 February, 5 Soldiers at South Hill Park, Berkshire
14 February, 5 Soldiers at Gulbenkian, Canterbury
21 May 2019, PREMIERE 10 Soldiers at Birmingham Hippodrome
30 May 2019, 10 Soldiers at Edinburgh Festival Theatre
4 June 2019, 10 Soldiers at Norwich Theatre Royal