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Rosie Kay's Fantasia 2019
Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

Summer is here and it’s a very exciting time for the company as we start our preparations for my new work, Rosie Kay’s Fantasia.

Last week I had the pleasure of working in Glasgow, with a group of talented young female dancers from YDance's Project Y to create a new work A Baroque Fantasy. See my new piece and new works by fellow choreographers Tony Adigun, Christine Devaney and Thomas Small on tour this week - good luck to all the Project Y dancers.

Read on for news of the Project Y touring four Scottish venues this week, my latest research and development collaborating with neuroscientists from the UK and Denmark’s Center for Music in the Brain for Rosie Kay’s Fantasia and details of our UK tour (September - November) and my Birmingham Pro Classes at DanceXchange, Birmingham (September).

With best wishes,
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Rosie Kay
Artistic Director
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Rosie Kay's Fantasia

We are extremely excited to be premiering a brand new work, Rosie Kay's Fantasia, in September at Birmingham Hippodrome followed by a UK tour in October and November.

Rosie Kay’s Fantasia is the result of her desire to make a work of pure joy inspired by music and the body’s response to it, taking ballet and tutus into the 21st Century by using dance and science to create an exquisite performance of pleasure, beauty and finesse.

Delve deeply into a soundtrack of Vivaldi, Purcell, Beethoven and Bach and revel in the vision of three bold female dancers (Harriet Ellis (5 Soldiers/MK Ultra), Carina Howard (MK Ultra) and Shanelle Clemenson (Modern Warrior/MK Ultra) as they discover love, loss, emotion and joy.

Rosie Kay worked with neuroscientists in the UK and Denmark’s Center for Music in the Brain to explore how dance can trigger sensations of pleasure and fulfilment in the brain and what makes dance so beautiful to watch and experience.

With truly sumptuous costumes that defy expectation, join us on a journey of music, delight and fantasy.

Touring September - November 2019
Birmingham Hippodrome Patrick Studio, Wed 25 & Thu 26 Sep
LEAP Festival, Liverpool, Tue 8 Oct (on sale soon)
Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 1 Nov
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, Fri 8 Nov
Laban Theatre, London, Thu 14 Nov (on sale soon)
Salisbury Arts Centre, Sat 16 Nov
Northern Ballet, Leeds, Thu 21 Nov
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A landmark year

We are delighted to share our first annual report for the year 2018 – 2019: the year that saw our company move from being project funded to becoming an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.This report details how we have achieved our mission to continually research, create and perform brave new dance that thrills and moves people - supported by engagement and digital programmes and our commitment to equality and the environment.
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PROJECT Y

Rosie Kay spent a wonderful week working with 20 extremely talented young female dancers from across Scotland and the world. Aged between 16-22, the dancers explored ideas around technical physical language, beauty and emotion, working with the three part Vivaldi Concerto Grosse in B Minor and extracts of AITAR and Kurtag.

A highlight was the day the cast and Rosie built the Allegro movement, creating group phrases and solos of 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 bars of fast 6's. Brains were tested, but the results looked effortless and full of joy. Thanks to the cast, rehearsal director, costume designer and YDance team.

Catch the new work, A Baroque Fantasy on tour across Scotland this week if you can.
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West Midlands Police attachment

Rosie spent several weeks attached to different units within West Midlands Police and the Police Crime Commissioners (PCC) office as part of the research for a new work.

First of all Kay was on foot on the beat with Selly Oak Police, exploring the local areas, patrolling hot spots and checking on victims of crime and young people on Police bail. Then Kay spent an entire week embedded with Ladywood Neighbourhood Police unit, which took the experience from being an outsider observer, to feeling truly part of a small and very busy team. Duties included patrolling the streets by car, dealing with homeless issues, doing 'safe and well' visits and quite a lot of gang related activities. Kay was deeply grateful to the team who took her on and trained her well.

Following the perspective from the ground, Kay spent a couple of days observing and attending PCC meetings and events. Seeing this from the more strategic and political situation was certainly very enlightening, if not rather frustrating, as serious and now acute problems have been exacerbated by nine years of cuts to the police.
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Ditchley Park - Festival of Ideas

Rosie Kay was honoured to be invited to the prestigious Ditchley Park as a speaker at their third annual Festival of Ideas. Ditchley brings influential and insightful people together to think new things and to make new connections and the festival was carefully curated to explore ideas about the self, challenging all of us to think about the choices we make in our day-to-day lives and how they impact both positively and negatively on ourselves, our communities and the wider world.

Kay was invited to speak on the subject of Vocation and Suffering along side BBC journalist Will Hutton, Buddhist Monk Gelong Thubten, moderated by author and thinker Emerson Csorba.

Calendar

PROJECT Y
Tramway, Glasgow - Wed 24 July
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling - Thu 25 July
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen - Fri 26 July
Eden Court, Inverness - Sat 27 July

Rosie Kay's Fantasia
Birmingham Hippodrome Patrick Studio, Wed 25 & Thu 26 Sep
LEAP Festival, Liverpool, Tue 8 Oct (on sale soon)
Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 1 Nov
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, Fri 8 Nov
Laban Theatre, London, Thu 14 Nov (on sale soon)
Salisbury Arts Centre, Sat 16 Nov
Northern Ballet, Leeds, Thu 21 Nov

Rosie Kay's Fantasia - Professional Classes
Rosie Kay leads DanceXchange Professional Dance classes Tue 27 Aug, Tue 3, 10 & 17 Sep 10:00-11:15
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thanks to our fans
Thanks to our Patrons: The Fiscal Incentives Group, Opus Restaurant, Stefan Kay & Merle Wray