Join a pop brainwashing experiment that will blow your mind
Be dazzled by bright lights, superhuman dancing and pounding music. Relax in the reassuring glamour of beautiful bodies and the glittering lifestyles of music videos.
But what dark, ugly secrets lie behind the mask for the generations of young mainstream pop stars – and those who watch them?
MK ULTRA explores the 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.
MK ULTRA mixes creator and choreographer Rosie Kay’s thoroughly researched exploration of the rise of the Illuminati conspiracy in modern culture with filmmaker Adam Curtis’ documentary elements 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.
What people are saying about Rosie Kay’s MK ULTRA
“Extraordinary....a super-saturated sensory feast of movement, sound and imagery”
★ ★ ★ ★ Financial Times
“Bold, slick dance piece exploring conspiracy theories and the Illuminati”
“an unlikely but inspired pairing between choreographer Rosie Kay and documentary-maker Adam Curtis.”
“an exceptionally stylish production”
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Behind the scenes
The soundtrack for MK ULTRA is a high energy, pulsating mash-up of trap, footwork, electronic sounds and manipulated samples. It’s music that makes you want to move and drives forward the dancers’ movements, much like the all-controlling MK ULTRA programmes supposedly...
Rosie Kay Dance Company creates brave new dance in Birmingham that tours to audiences at home and abroad. We thrill and move a diverse public with relevant, important, political and meaningful dance responding to contemporary society.
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