Rosie Kay Dance Company

Rosie Kay Dance Company

April 11–April 13, 2019 | 7:30pm

Atrium TheaterVenue Information
San Francisco



5 Soldiers

After the Performance

Conversations with Rosie Kay, the dancers and Bay Area veterans follow each of the performances.

About This Performance

San Francisco Performances presents the San Francisco debut of the British company, Rosie Kay Dance Company, in four performances at the Atrium Theater in the War Memorial Veterans Building. The company will perform a full length work called Five Soldiers, which is a timely look at how the human body is used in war. It provides an intimate view of the training that prepares soldiers for the sheer physicality of combat, for the possibility of injury, and the impact conflict has on the bodies and minds of everyone it reaches. The piece was inspired by input from serving and former soldiers.

Performer Biographies

Rosie Kay trained at London Contemporary Dance School, creating solo work while performing in Poland, France, the US and Germany, before forming Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2004. Kay has created award-winning works that include; Sluts of Possession (2013) in collaboration with the Pitt Rivers Museum, There is Hope (2012) exploring religion, 5 SOLDIERS – The Body Is The Frontline (2010–17), and Double Points: K (2008) in collaboration with Emio Greco | PC. Site-specific works include Haining Dreaming (2013), The Great Train Dance (2011) on the Severn Valley Railway, and Ballet on the Buses (2007). Kay creates installation and dance films: 5 SOLDIERS—the film, was exhibited at The Herbert Gallery Coventry, Stadtmuseum Dresden and is in the film collection of la Médiathèque du Centre National de la Danse, Paris. Feature Film credits include choreographer for Sunshine on Leith (2013).

Awards include 1st Prize Choreography, International Solo Dance Festival Stuttgart, Award from The Queen as ‘Young Achiever of Scotland’, Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and nominated as Best Independent Company, National Dance Awards, Critics Circle. Kay is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Artists, and an MCR of St Cross College, Oxford.

Kay was the first Leverhulme Artist in Residence to the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, 2013-2014, and is currently Research Associate, with papers published in Medical Humanities and a book chapter published by Oxford University Press on War and Choreography. Kay became the first associate artist of DanceXchange in 2004.

Rosie Kay Dance Company have a reputation for making bold, original and exciting works that challenge perceptions and take on innovative subjects. Highly physical, with astute performances and intense athleticism, we make works that excite audiences with a visceral experience they feel in their bodies and minds. We aim to connect with our audience and are interested in building new audiences and attracting people who may have never seen first-rate contemporary dance before.

Established in 2004 the company exists to nurture and further the creative talents of choreographer and director Rosie Kay, who is recognised as a leading choreographer in dance, film and theatre. Working in partnership with producer James Preston the award winning Rosie Kay Dance Company makes a dynamic range of shows, always exploring in exciting ways what dance can be and how dance can be presented.

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