BEST CHOREOGRAPHY (MODERN)

NOMINATED: CRITICS’ CIRCLE NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS

Presented in association with The British Army

A thrilling and humane portrait of army life telling the stories of men and women serving on the front line.

In 2008, choreographer Rosie Kay joined the 4th Battalion The Rifles, to watch and participate in full battle exercises, and visited the National Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. What came of these observations was the award-winning, five-star work 5 SOLDIERS.

An extraordinary exploration of modern war as a physical experience.” (The Independent), 5 SOLDIERS offers no moral stance on war, but instead questions what it is that we ask of our soldiers and explores how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st Century.

Rosie Kay is choreographer of the Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony and the hit film Sunshine on Leith. Her trademark style of intense physical and athletic dance theatre aims to thrill and move.

Ten years on, Rosie Kay expands 5 SOLDIERS for the large stage with 10 SOLDIERS. Now a full Army squad, 10 SOLDIERS looks at life in 2019’s British Army including issues of equality and diversity.

Charged with Kay’s trademark intense athletic dance theatre, 10 Soldiers explores how the human body – with both fragility and incredible inner strength – remains on the frontline of war.

★★★★★
“not only keeps us riveted, but helps close the gap of understanding between the armed forces and the general public.”

The Scotsman

★★★★★
“War from a female perspective packs a punch…taut, visceral, compassionate”

The Observer

★★★★
“a disturbing, illuminating and necessary glimpse into a world that we mostly prefer to ignore.”

The Guardian

★★★★★
“in-depth background researches have grounded her moves and their delivery in the physicality, camaraderie and mental challenges of army life.”

The Herald

 

Rosie Kay Dance Company creates brave new dance in Birmingham that tours to audiences at home and abroad. We thrill and move a diverse public with relevant, important, political and meaningful dance responding to contemporary society.

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