Rosie Kay Dance Company
Supported by Arts Council England. Commissioned by DanceXchange, Warwick Arts Centre & Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
MK ULTRA explores the rise of a strange, dark myth of our time. How, as millions of young people turn away from the established political systems, they are embracing bizarre conspiracies that they see hidden like a secret code in the culture and music that surrounds them. A thrilling tale that explores the conspiracy of mind control hidden in plain sight, MK ULTRA brings together the avant-garde and mainstream to create a world beyond truth or fiction.
MK ULTRA is the CIA code word for a real LSD-fueled brainwashing technique developed by the US military. 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.
Working in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis, choreographer Rosie Kay combines her thoroughly researched exploration of the rise of conspiracy with film and projected visuals to create a new kind of dance work.
MK ULTRA is visually arresting, with costumes from Lady Gaga’s designer Gary Card, a gold mirrored stage, hypnotic triangular projections by Louis Price, a pulsing soundtrack of American trap music and a mesmerising score by electro-acoustic composer Annie Mahtani.
'a postmodern fantasia…MK ULTRA asks important questions about the real and the fake, and whether, for a new generation, they’ve become one.'
★★★★ The Observer
'Extraordinary….a super-saturated sensory feast of movement, sound and imagery'
★★★★ The Financial Times
Rosie Kay is one of the UK’s leading female choreographers. She is celebrated for her athletic movement, rigorous research and intelligent theatricality, and is known for the five-star award-winning 5 SOLDIERS as well as choreographing 2018’s live televised Commonwealth Games handover broadcast globally to 1 billion people.
Age Guidance: 14+
This is a guideline, not a restriction. The work deals with adult themes including sex.
Duration: 70 mins (approx.) No interval
Under 16s and Students: £15.00
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