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be thrilled by an award-winning company in great creative form.” Dance Tabs ****

Voted Best Independent Company by the Critics Circle at this year’s National Dance Awards, Rosie Kay Dance Company is back with MK ULTRA, a high energy production of dance, music and imagery created in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis which has been inspired by pop music and its most notorious mind control conspiracy theory.

Best known for 5 Soldiers, a riveting and disturbing look at military combat, Rosie Kay is characteristically working unexplored territory. MK ULTRA is a CIA code word for a real brainwashing technique using LSD developed by the US military between 1953-1973. Popular conspiracy theory believes that MK ULTRA is still active and programmes certain pop stars as puppets of the ‘Illuminati’, a shadowy elite intent on creating a New World Order of authoritarian world government. It’s a world filled with satanic images, occult messages, hidden symbols and hyper-sexualisation. According to the conspiracy, this stuff is packaged as mainstream and sold across the globe.

Rosie Kay, with a typically fearless eye, brings the debate to the stage in a high energy, luxurious production for seven dancers. With a pulsing soundtrack of deconstructed trap music by composer Anne Mahtani and hypnotic video projection by Louis Price, the company explores a weird world of symbolism and occult and deconstructs it for an audience already aware of the conspiracy theory and new to the ‘illuminati’. Caution: contains twerking.

17 & 18 March     Birmingham REP
23 March              Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
30 March              Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
5 April                   York Theatre Royal
20 April                 Trinity Laban
25 April                 Eden Court, Inverness
28 & 29 April         Dance City, Newcastle
3 & 4 May             HOME, Manchester
9 May                   Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Northern Ballet, Leeds
11 & 12 May         Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
18 May                  Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

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