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Dark Autumn Double Bill of Dance
Birmingham audiences were lucky enough to be among the first to see 5 Soldiers by Rosie Kay Dance Company last year and since then the international award-winning dance group has gone from strength to strength winning the title of Best Independent Company at the National Dance Awards.
Now choreographer Rosie Kay is back with her dancers in Birmingham to premiere a double bill this autumn, providing two very different performances.
Rosie Kay Dance Company are touring the UK this autumn
The show features the two dances - Double Points: K & Motel - at mac birmingham in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston. It premieres in Birmingham on September 15 as it has been commissioned by mac birmingham and supported by the city's DanceXchange where Rosie Kay is Associate Artist.
The company will then tour until November across the UK, performing again in the Midlands at Wolverhampton Arena Theatre on October 14 as well as at cities including Newcastle, Liverpool, Derby and Bristol.
Motel is a new duet from Kay that is inspired by the work of visual artists Huntley Muir, while Double Points: K is a new recreation by Rosie Kay Dance Company of the award-winning production inspired by Emio Greco.
This double bill of athletic and intelligent dance duets is performed by company dancers Oliver Russell and Shelley Eva Haden.
Motel is a new duet by Rosie Kay inspired by the work of artists Huntley Muir, pictured
Taking inspiration from artists Huntley Muir and their series of Rooms paintings, for Motel, Kay has created a production that is described as "dark, sexy and exciting" that showcases Kay's sense of macabre and exquisite movement alongside dark, black humour. It also contains adult themes.
Motel explores the nothing spaces we inhabit that hold our lives - the time and space in between real life, where illicit affairs occur, and secret relationships play out, which evoke our deep, sensuous emotions.
In contrast, Double Points: K is a stunning study of synchronicity and stamina set to a soundtrack of Bach, dub step and electronica.
It is based on the seminal work by Dutch/Italian choreographer Emio Greco and Rosie Kay collaborated with the choreographer to create a new interpretation that is entirely her own.
A spokesman for the Rosie Kay Dance Company said: "Basing the movement language on Greco's practise, with its adherence to the use of breath, long stretch lines and shaking and release, the two dancers undertake a precise dance of structure, synchronicity and stamina."
Rosie Kay's latest works is described as sexy with black humour
He added: "The vibrant sound score works in dub step, electro and Bach Concerto in A minor, brilliantly pulled together by composer Julian Guillamat."
Double Points: K was awarded as Outstanding Partnership of the Year, chosen by Mary Brennan in Dance Europe's Critics Choice of the Year.
Rosie Kay Dance Company is making a name for itself for creating exciting and challenging work that tours in unique and captivating ways to theatres and unusual spaces such as military bases.
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. Award winning and nationally prolific, 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.
DOUBLE POINTS: K & MOTEL - UK TOUR
Tickets cost £12 adults and £10 concessions.
PREMIERE - September 15 - 16 at 8pm
mac birmingham. Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
For tickets call 0121 446 3232 macbirmingham.co.uk /https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/rosie-kay
Thursday September 22 at 7.30pm
Bristol Circomedia. St Paul's Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ
Tickets: 0117 924 7615 or from the Circomedia website.
Saturday September 24 at 8pm
Newcastle Dance City. Temple Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4BR
Tickets: 0191 261 0505 or visit the Dance City website.
Friday September 30 at 7.45pm
Swindon Swindon Dance. Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QF
Tickets: 01793 601700 or Swindon Dance website
Tuesday October 11 at 7.30pm
Greenock Beacon Arts Centre. Custom House Quay, Greenock PA15 1HJ
Tickets: 01475 723 723 or Beacon Arts website.
Thursday October 13 at 7.30pm
Derby Déda. Chapel Street, Derby DE1 3GU
01332 370 911 or the Deda website.
Friday October 14 at 7.30pm
Wolverhampton Arena Theatre. Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE
Tickets: 01902 321 321 or the Arena website.