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Dancers are the frontline in this battle; REVIEW.

Byline: DIANE PARKES

5 Soldiers PATRICK CENTRE BIRMINGHAM choreographer Rosie Kay's new work 5 Soldiers The Body pulls no punches.

It is a hard-faced look at the people behind the lines whose training morphs them into one body and yet with each one an individual.

Kay's message is clear - we begin on manoeuvres with the troops working as a homogeneous group, indistinguishable as they march around the stage.

But 80 minutes later we have seen these comradesin-arms splinter, form alliances, re-group and face their own agonising loves and losses.

Kay's choreography is strong in physicality with much of the dance replicating the fighting itself, blurring the edges of identity.

VERDICT:DIANE PARKES
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 27, 2010
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