5 Soldiers, “a dance theatre performance that weaves a journey of physical transformation exploring how soldiers are made, the effects of war and the causes and impact of injury” premiered at International Dance Festival Birmingham in May 2010. Following a successful tour it is returning to Birmingham for a one-off charity gala performance.
It is a fitting return to a city that plays a pivotal role in the medical care and rehabilitation of injured soldiers, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity is one of four charities being supported. The others are Help for Heroes, Care for Casualties and the Royal British Legion.
Birmingham is the home of Rosie Kay Dance Company, and the piece was commissioned by IDFB and Warwick Arts Centre. This special charity gala performance is taking place on Tuesday 31st May at 7.30pm at Birmingham Town Hall (Box office: 0121 780 3333 www.thsh.co.uk) with the £17.50 ticket price going to the four charities.
“5 SOLDIERS is a brilliant production; the interpretation of the highs and lows of a soldier’s life is excellent and very thought provoking.” Brigadier Stephen Hodder, Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade, Tidworth
“I am a former Green Jacket soldier so found it very easy to follow what was going on. I found the performance deeply moving, relevant and so representative of how soldiers are and how they cope with the contrasting aspects of their lives… But through it shines the in extinguishable light of the British soldier’s guts, determination and irrepressible sense of humour. “ Audience Member
“… astonishing work… Rosie Kay’s dancers get right inside the skins, the minds, the very souls of the five as they progress from the rigours of training to the breath-holding intensity of the frontline. It’s highly charged and it screams authenticity.. …. Awesome.” The Stage
5 Soldiers has also been produced as a unique interactive film, allowing the viewer to switch between multiple points-of-view, in a collaboration between Rosie Kay Dance Company, Aquila TV and Meshed Media.