BEST CHOREOGRAPHY (MODERN)
NOMINATED: CRITICS’ CIRCLE NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS
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.
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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 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 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 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.
Oliver completed his training
at London Contemporary Dance School in July 2014 performing choreography by Sasha Roubicek, Jose Agudo and Tony Adigun.
Following his graduation, Oliver pursued his dream of intensive training in Shaolin Kung Fu, under the instruction of Shaolin Warrior Monks in Qufu, Shandong Province, China.
Oliver began working with Rosie Kay Dance Company in February 2015 during the award-winning, five star national tour of 5 SOLDIERS. Following this, he worked for Tony Mill’s ‘ROOM2MANEOUVRE’ performing ‘SquishSquared’, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Oliver then resumed working with Rosie Kay Dance Company for the grand opening of the Birmingham Mailbox and in the 2016 double bill of Double Points: K & Motel.