Now we could start of this feature with a withering reference to Edwin Starr's song "War [What Is It Good For?]" but since pretty much nobody will know what we're on about let's move on shall we!
'Five Soldiers' is the latest work from Rosie Kay Dance Company. The piece takes a long hard look at the world of the professional soldier and the personal and psychological issues they face.
The company tell us this much about the work;
"5 SOLDIERS is a timely, controversial, thought provoking and moving exploration of war in modern times. A dance theatre work with four male and one female dancers, it looks at how the human body is essential to, and used in, warfare. 5 SOLDIERS explores the physical training that prepares you for war, as well as the possible effects on the body, and the injury caused by warfare.
Featuring Kay's trademark intense physicality and athleticism, 5 SOLDIERS weaves a story of physical transformation, helping us understand how soldiers are made and how war affects them."
Our feature includes and interview with the company's director and choreographer and extensive footage from the show itself.
Five soldiers is performed by Tilly Webber, Chris Vahn, Chris Linda, Tomasz Moskal and Michael Spencely with music by Annie Mahtani.
Filmed at the Hull Truck Theatre, Hull, July 25th, 2010.