A fast-paced urban takeover inspired by vintage martial arts movies with exciting and dramatic sequences as two opposing groups meet in an epic stand-off. Pick a side, join either the Mods (Modernists) or the Trads (Traditionalists) and train to be a MODERN WARRIOR. You can join in, be trained and become part of the action or simply watch as the legend unfolds. Channel your inner Bruce Lee!

MODERN WARRIOR is a classic tale of East meets West, modernity meets traditionalism and ultimately shows that more unites than divides us. It was premiered at Birmingham Weekender and has toured to outdoor events in city centres, greenfield festivals, parks and car parks. The show lasts 50 minutes and includes a 25 minute training section where participants learn some moves, put on a costume and then join the final 20 minute show along with the professional dancers. The show can cater for up to 100 adults and/or children participating and suits audiences of upto 400.


Choreographer and Director: Rosie Kay
Producer: James Preston
Designer: Louis Price
Composer: Annie Mahtani

2018 company: Shivaangee Agrawal, Stephanie Bentley, Alice Bonazzi, Daniel Griffith, Jake Nwogu, Louiseanne Wong
2017 company: Shanelle Clemenson, Daniel Griffith, Shelley Eva Haden, Daniel Persson, Adam Rutherford, Louiseanne Wong

Co-commissioned by Without Walls and Salisbury International Arts Festival (part of Wiltshire Creative).

Originally co-commissioned by Birmingham International Dance Festival & Birmingham Weekender (produced by DanceXchange and supported by Birmingham Hippodrome).

Premiere: Birmingham Weekender Sun 24 Sep 2017

Birmingham Chinese New Year special Sun 18 Feb 2018

Summer tour 2018:
Brighton Festival 27 May
Birmingham International Dance Festival 2, 3, 16, 17, 23 & 24 June
Bournemouth’s Discover, Play, Dream: Dance! 8 July
Just So Festival 18 & 19 August
Lift Off! The opening weekend of Wiltshire Creative 26 & 27 August