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From sell-out shows in London with Sadler's Wells and this year's Edinburgh Fringe, Birmingham-based choreographer Rosie Kay brings her thrilling dance production 5 Soldiers to Birmingham as the final stop on 2017's tour. The show tells the unheard stories of young British soldiers serving on the front line, and has recently been selected by international agents to be performed in the United States.
This year's tour has been performed exclusively in Army bases, unusual spaces for contemporary dance, giving the work a new site-specific dimension and creating the opportunity for the general public to see inside a world usually distant from their own.
Tickets from £10.
“War from a female perspective packs a punch... taut, visceral, compassionate” THE OBSERVER
“A disturbing, illuminating and necessary glimpse into a world we mostly prefer to ignore” Top 10 Dance of 2015, THE GUARDIAN
Following an injury on stage, choreographer Rosie Kay was drawn to the connections between soldiers and dancers, and how discipline and rigorous training prepares the body and mind for a job that foregrounds physicality.
She joined the 4th Battalion The Rifles, to watch and participate in full battle exercises, and spent time with injured soldiers at the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for our Armed Forces, before creating the 5-star work 5 Soldiers which has been commended for its contribution to arts and health practice.
Rosie Kay, the Midlands choreographer who created the show, said: “Everyone is really looking forward to coming home to Birmingham this week. We are a small Midlands dance company with a great deal to celebrate. Our aim is to bring exciting, athletic dance with intelligent themes to the widest possible audience and this tour has far exceeded our hopes and expectations. The reception for 5 SOLDIERS was brilliant wherever we went and we are thrilled to be picked out by international agents while we were in Edinburgh as a show they are keen to transfer to the USA.”
The transatlantic trip is likely to include a showcase performance in New York in January at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference, the world's premiere gathering of the performing arts presenting industry.
This summer the show was selected by digital arts development organisation The Space for live streaming from London. It has now reached more than 80,000 viewers in digital form, with over 4,000 people having seen live shows and a series of free outdoor performances.
Please notes that performances take place at the below venue: Army Reserve Centre Golden Hillock Road Birmingham B11 2QG
13 October –14 October2017-10-13T19:30:00Z2017-10-14T21:20:00Z
0121 236 4455
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