A thrilling and humane portrait of army life telling the stories of five 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 Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for our Armed Forces. What came of these observations is this award-winning, five-star work, performed live in an Army drill hall.

Powerful, thought-provoking” (The Scotsman), 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.

“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


Duncan Anderson

Duncan Anderson spent four years at the Dance School of Scotland before continuing his training at Central School of Ballet in London where he graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Dance and Professional Performance in July 2014.

During his final year at Central, Duncan toured the UK with Ballet Central. During his time in London Duncan also performed with Richard Chappell Dance Company. Since graduation, Duncan continued his training on the Northern Ballet Professional Graduate programme where he performed with the company in various productions.  Duncan performed as a dancer with Rosie Kay Dance Company during 2015 tour of 5 Soldiers and the 2016 Scottish tour of 5 Soldiers.  Duncan has also danced with Ballet Ireland during their autumn tour of Coppelia in 2015.  Duncan has spent the last year performing in Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s The Phantom of the Opera in the roles of Shepherd Boy and Slave Master at the Cirkus Theatre in Stockholm.

Luke Bradshaw

Luke trained at London Studio Centre specialising in contemporary dance. After graduating he danced with The Burklyn Ballet Theatre and Kim Robards Dance Company, both in America. Returning to London he worked with James Wilton Dance and Jorge Crecis | SQx.  Following this he danced for Citrus Arts, a contemporary circus and theatre company based in Wales, where he began his training in Corde Lisse. After touring with Terry Gilliam’s production of the opera Benvenuto Cellini, he began dancing for Dam Van Huynh Dance Company and most recently Rosie Kay Dance Company.
He has also written for dance magazines Tanz and Dance Europe. He is a qualified yoga teacher and has worked as a pianist for The Urdang Academy and Central School of Ballet.

Reece Causton

Reece studied Drama at Footlights Performing Arts in Norfolk. There, at 16, he began his training in Ballet and Contemporary dance, before joining Central School of Ballet in 2010. During his time there he performed with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at Sadler’s Wells, and toured the UK with Ballet Central, graduating in 2013. Upon graduation, Reece joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. Credits include; Swan Lake (UK & International tour) Early Adventures (UK & International tour). Other credits include; Yorke Dance Project (Rep by Robert Cohan and Sir Kenneth MacMillan) C-12 Dance Theatre (Watson, Shhh! National Tour) Grange Park Opera (Fiddler on the Roof, Onegin, Fiddler on the Roof at the BBC Proms 2015). Reece Joined Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2016 for the Scottish tour of 5 SOLDIERS.

Harriet Ellis

Harriet trained at Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance and graduated in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre receiving the ‘Best Contemporary Female’ Award.
Prior to this Harriet was also a member of RDC Youth Dance company and performed with the English Youth Ballet.
Whilst in training, Harriet worked with choreographers including Nikki O’Hara, Simeon Qsyea, Rachel Kay, Theo Lowe and Jack Evans. She featured in a series of short dance films entitled ‘White Girl/Black Girl & Everything In-between’ created by Simeon Qsyea for BirdGang Dance.
She has continued to explore different styles through taking regular company class with the following: Ace Dance and Music, Motionhouse, Company Chameleon, 2Faced Dance Company, Autin Dance Theatre, Dance Adventures, Alleyne Dance, Avant Garde Dance and Humanhood Dance.


Benjamin Levi Jones

Benjamin graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2014, before travelling to China to undertake intensive Kung Fu training under the tutelage of Shaolin and Wudang masters. Since returning in 2015, Benjamin has performed work by Corey Baker Dance, Zoielogic Dance Theatre, Ransack Dance and Gerrard Martin Dance.

Alongside his continued development in contemporary dance, Benjamin has experience in several martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Capoeira and Kickboxing. In addition to this, Benjamin is currently developing his skills as an acrobat and aerialist.

5 SOLDIERS Live Stream on Demand

Comissioned by The Space, 5 SOLDIERS was live streamed from London on Fri 8 September 2017. Catch up on demand here…


5 SOLDIERS: live in your living room

Global Live Stream Kicks Off 5 SOLDIERS National Tour of Army Barracks The Space commissions live streaming of Sadler’s Wells presentation of Rosie Kay’s acclaimed show and post-event discussion featuring senior Army officers On Friday 8 September from 7.45pm to...
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Interview: dancer Harriet Ellis

Before 5 Soldiers embarks on its UK tour, we caught up with dancer Harriet Ellis, the only female member of the cast, to talk about Army life, training to be a soldier, and femininity in a male-dominated environment.     5 Soldiers is pretty...
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Get involved and perform with us

We’re looking for people aged 12-25 to be part of this award-winning project. You’ll receive free dance workshops, a ticket to see the show and a company t-shirt. Discounted tickets for friends and family to see your performance and the 5 SOLDIERS show...
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5 SOLDIERS dancers join Army combat exercise

The company of 5 SOLDIERS joined the Army on three days of combat exercises deep in the Scottish countryside to prepare for their stage roles at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on tour. The four men and one woman who make up the cast of 5 SOLDIERS: The Body is the...
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