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Rosie Kay Dance Company receives funding for Five Soldiers tour

Posted on November 25, 2016

Rosie Kay Dance Company has been awarded £45,000 of funding towards a 2017 tour of Five Soldiers, Kay’s superb work about the experience of warfare.

Announced as part of the UK Government’s Autumn Statement, the award is part of LIBOR funding, through which armed forces and emergency services charities, and other related good causes, receive money derived from banking fines. The award was made “To enable an award-winning Army community engagement project to tour across the UK”.

Five Soldiers was inspired by input from serving and former soldiers, and explores the experience of warfare and injury. The work has been supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and has been performed at army bases across the UK. The company has done extensive education work alongside the performances.

The planned 2017 tour will visit locations in the UK and the US. For more information, visit the Rosie Kay Dance Company website.


Picture: Rosie Kay Dance Company in Five Soldiers. Photograph: Tim Cross

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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