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5 Soldiers - Call For Participation


Rosie Kay Dance Company, the international award-winning dance theatre company headed by artistic director and choreographer Rosie Kay, will tour its thought-provoking and extremely moving 5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline from 23 April to 13 June 2015, visiting York on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June

With the commemorations of WWI in the news, 5 Soldiers shows how the human body is still central to all conflict, the impact and injuries lasting long after the headlines fade.

5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline is a dance theatre work created following a period of field research when Rosie Kay joined The 4th Battalion The Rifles and was allowed to join in full battle exercises on Dartmoor and Salisbury Plain.  She then visited the military rehabilitation centre, Headley Court, to see the effects of conflict and training on the soldiers’ bodies.  No-holds-barred, 5 Soldiers delivers Kay’s trademark style of intense physical and athletic dance theatre.  The work received audience and critical acclaim in 2010 and 2011, and has been endorsed as ‘getting it’ by its military audiences.

As part of the project, a tailor-made outreach programme will be created to build new links between the military, theatres and local communities.  A series of classes and workshops will be held culminating in a performance before the 5 Soldiers show on Saturday 6 June.  We are looking for adults age 18+ who want to get involved in this fantastic project in York. 

This is a collaborative project with Imphal Barracks Fulford, York Theatre Royal and space supported by York Railway Institute.  It will engage with a range of local communities across the Yorkshire area.  All abilities are welcome, no previous experience is necessary, just enthusiasm for the project.

Community Engagement Manager Vanessa McGuire Oxspring says: “This is a unique opportunity for communities to take part in an incredible piece of dance and to build relationships with the military partners.”

To take part you must be available for FREE weekly sessions at York Railway Institute (22 Queen Street, York YO24 1AD) on Tuesday mornings 10.30am-12noon (2l, 28 April, 5, 12, 19, 26 May and 2 June).  From 9.15-10.15am there will be an additional dance class for anyone who fancies a really good warm up, £5 drop-in for anyone participating in the project.

In preparation for the performance there will then be extra rehearsals on Tuesday 2 and Friday 5 June (6.30-9pm) at the De Grey Ballroom (York YO1 7HB), and on Saturday 6 June from 1.30pm at Imphal Barracks (Fulford Road, York YO10 4JT) culminating in the performance at 7.30pm.  The full 5 Soldiers show then follows the community piece. 

For more information about the dance sessions and how to get involved please contact York’s Dance Leader Sam Lawrence: sam@samlawrencedance.co.uk, Tel: 07939 167526.

5 Soldiers will be performed at Imphal Barracks, Fulford Road, York on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June. Tickets are £15 (£13 for over 60s and £12 for 12-18 year olds) and can be bought by calling the Box Office on 01904 623568, securely online at www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk or in person at York Theatre Royal Box Office (in De Grey House).  Find out more about the show here