5 Soldiers: The Body Is The Frontline
Following successful tours in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 including award nominations and critical acclaim 5 Soldiers will continue its partnership with The British Army with just two UK theatre dates before three weeks of touring in the United States. The Capitol, Horsham is delighted to have secured one of those dates on Friday 14th February.
5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline, is a piece of full-length dance theatre work with five dancers, four male and one female. The piece was made following a period of field research in November 2008 when Rosie Kay joined The 4th Battalion The Rifles and was allowed to participate in full battle exercises on Dartmoor and Salisbury Plain. She then visited the military rehabilitation centre, Headley Court, to see the effects of conflict and training on the soldiers’ bodies.
Rosie Kay (BA Hons) FRSA, MCR St Cross College, Oxford, born in Scotland, danced from a very early age, then trained at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 1998, before a career as a dancer in Poland, France, Germany and the USA. Kay returned to the UK in 2003 and is Artistic Director and Choreographer for the show. Rosie Kay, said “It’s a dance theatre show that you have to see – it will change the way you think about war forever… a moving and dramatic piece, based on military field research, exploring how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st century.”
By focusing on the embodied experience of the soldier rather than the moral values of war, and engaging the visceral experience of the audience through the performance, 5 Soldiers reframes war inside the context of the soldiers’ body. The enactment of the soldiers’ training, the psychological consequences of that training and the impact of injury invite the audience to identify and thus respond to the issue of what soldiers are trained and asked to do in the name of civilian elected governments. Although not overtly political, the work invites audiences to see war through the soldier’s body, thereby influencing their perceptions of war. In an era of great disillusionment with the political establishment, choreography can have a significant potential to affect audiences through embodied empathic engagement that cannot be produced by verbal means.
At its heart 5 Soldiers is an hour-long professional show that engages and thrills audiences.
(Recommended age 12+)