ARTEMIS CLOWN

Creatives and Credits:
 
Choreographer: Rosie Kay
Order of Music:
Kurtág: Játékok - Book 3: Felhangjáték, György Kurtág
Corelli: Concerto Grosso #8 - Vivace, Grave, Anna Holbling; Jaroslav Krcek: Capella Istropolitana, Arcangelo Corelli
Kurtág: Játékok - Book 3: Hommage A Christian Wolff, György Kurtág
Ravel: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte, Kathryn Stott, Maurice Ravel
Corelli: Concerto Grosso #8 - Allegro, Anna Holbling; Jaroslav Krcek: Capella Istropolitana, Arcangelo Corelli
Kurtág: Játékok - Book 1: Örökmozgó (Taláit Tárgy), Kurtág: Játékok
 
Costume: Rosie Kay
Premiered: 27 November 2018, The Sage, Gateshead
 
Funded and Supported by Arts Council England and Northumberland Arts Development
Rosie Kay describes the work,
 
Recently, I've been exploring more deeply the relationship between music and the brain, so I've been drawn to creating works that have strong musical scores, and discovering my own sense of musicality afresh. Coming to Newcastle, I read quite a few influential books; John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus and Frederick Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy. I also looked a lot at the art of Artemisia Gentileschi, a female artist and contemporary of Caravaggio who has great power and resonance in her work. This work is about the layers of performance that a female dancer has, stripping each layer away, showing more and more authenticity and allowing an audience into another human’s soul. I want the work to express beauty, humour, fragility and strength, with the title referring to the goddess Artemis (goddess of wild animals, childbirth and virginity) and a reference to the clown and Pierrot. The work has three introductions, before the main work of the Ravel Pavane, then having a complete change of tone with a fast jumping section, and ending on a shimmering image of transcendence. 
Rosie Kay (BA Hons) FRSA, MCR St Cross College, Oxford, is an award-winning choreographer, and artistic director of the NPO national touring company Rosie Kay Dance Company (RKDC). The company, founded in 2004, is based in Birmingham and tours the UK and internationally with a range of theatre and outdoor works. RKDC are currently Associate Company to Birmingham Hippodrome and plan on bringing more works to the large scale.

The company works include the multi-award-winning work 5 Soldiers- the Body is the Frontline (2015) based on intense research with the British Army and screened live online by BBC Arts as part of the programme at Sadlers Wells, MK Ultra (2017) the pop conspiracy work made with BBC film-maker Adam Curtis, and other works such as There is Hope (2012), Double Points: K (2008) and Asylum (2005). Kay recently choreographed the live BBC Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony, watched by over 1 billion people worldwide and has worked in film as the choreographer to the feature film Sunshine on Leith (2013). Kay’s film of 5 Soldiers was exhibited in art galleries in the UK, France and Germany. Outdoor works include Modern Warrior (2017) based on vintage martial arts films and is touring outdoor festivals, Haining Dreaming (2013) in the Scottish Borders, and The Great Train Dance (2011) on the Severn Valley Railway as part of London 2012. Kay has worked with The Birmingham REP Theatre, Birmingham International Dance Festival and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Kay was the first choreographer appointed Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the University of Oxford. Awards for her work include Best Independent Company (2015), National Dance Awards and nominated (2012 and 2017), Royal Society for Public Health award for support to military communities, and the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award.  Kay has a four-year old son and lives in Birmingham with her film-maker husband.

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