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5 Soldiers - The Body is the Frontline

Rosie Kay Dance Company’s acclaimed 5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline was live-streamed from London on Friday 8 September 2017. You can catch up on the performance below until the end of October.

About the show

5 Soldiers – The Body is the Frontline arrives in London fresh from an award-winning sell-out run at Army@TheFringe – the Army’s first ever Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue. It has won a string of four and five-star reviews for its visceral portrayal of the lives and experiences of a female and four young male soldiers as they undergo training and are deployed in the middle of a brutal conflict.

This work gets beyond the uniform to humanise British soldiers' stories and experiences
Rosie Kay

It explores issues as diverse as gender, the impact of war and conflict, discipline, dealing with injury, sacrifice, and the rigours of military training.

The work was choreographed by Rosie Kay, who after experiencing a career-threatening injury undertook an intense period of field research with the 4th Battalion The Rifles and visited a military rehabilitation centre to see the effects of conflict and training on the soldiers' bodies.

With her trademark intense athleticism, this high-octane performance enables a glimpse into the training that prepares soldiers for the sheer physicality of combat, the possibility of injury and the impact conflict has on the body.

The live stream on 8 September kicks off a national tour, in association with the Army, that begins with three performances presented in partnership with Sadler’s Wells at the drill hall at London’s Yeomanry House.

It will include a post-show discussion where the audience will be able to put questions to a panel including Lt Gen James Bashall CBE; Lt Col Sue Wright, former SO1 Arts; choreographer and show creator Rosie Kay; Sadler’s Wells artistic director and chief executive Alistair Spalding; and Observer dance critic Luke Jennings.

The live stream has been commissioned by The Space as part of its mission to use digital technology to bring great art to wider audiences

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