21 years on from her first ever solo show ‘Absolute Solo ‘which she performed in the 1999 Edinburgh Festival, and five years since last appearing on stage herself, Kay returns to performing with a triple bill of solos including a new work created in lockdown. Now, as an older dancing female, she has something to say about the female body and the experience of being female and being on stage. Part autobiography, part socio-anthropological study, Kay uses ideas of performance, identity, sex and gender to explore her new dancing spirit.
Performed to a socially distanced audience, Absolute Solo II will also be live streamed to audiences at home. The triple bill also includes an archive film of the international award-winning ‘Patisserie’ (1999) and Kay’s first public performance of ‘Artemis Clown’ (originally commissioned by Eliot Smith Dance Company).
Initial R&D, August 2019 at Dance Hub Birmingham
Virtual residency, May 2020 with C-DaRE at the University of Coventry
Sat 21 November 2020, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Supported by The Commissioning Angels:
Phoebus, John Nicholls, Simi Johal, Stella Hall, Ken & Laurie Brown, Marcus Banks, Michael Kopinski, Peter Snook, Nick Addyman, Sir Michael Carleton-Smith. CBE. DL., UHY Hacker Young, Yae Gertrude, Mike Smith, Bruce Marriott, Stefan & Helen Kay, Siobhan Redmond, Bill Stephens, Alice Mahar, Tim Joss, Jeremy Howard (MediClub) and Anonymous.
Choreographer/Performer: Rosie Kay
Producer: James Preston
Lighting Designer: Mike Gunning
Technical Stage Manager: Chris Heigham
Videos from Rosie’s lockdown residency, May 2020
As part of the triple bill Rosie has been creating a new solo during the 2020 lockdown.