MK ULTRA: Rosie Kay's new work with Gary Card

by Rosie Kay in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th December 2016 we successfully raised £4,000 with 40 supporters in 28 days

Support our new touring dance work MK ULTRA inspired by the bizarre realm of pop culture mind control conspiracies and Illuminati imagery.

by Rosie Kay in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thanks to everyone for your support in helping us reach our target. We'd love to go further with your support and increase the design budget by a further £500 to allow us to take Gary's designs further and provide an extra costume change for each dancer.

We're asking for your support to fund the costume and set design of this new show which tours nationally. Rosie Kay's new show MK ULTRA is a high energy, supercharged mash-up of thrilling dance, music and hypnotic imagery. The show, with seven dancers, is inspired by the bizarre realm of pop culture mind control conspiracies and Illuminati imagery. Caution: contains twerking.

To bring this show to life Rosie will work with designer Gary Card. Gary trained in Theatre Design at Central Saint Martins and is an illustrator and set designer for fashion shoots and campaigns. His clients include Stella McCartney, Adidas and Topshop and he has created props for Lady Gaga. You can see more of Gary's work here

About the show

We have completed the research and development phases for this show - images and video are from this phase - and it will go into production in early 2017.

MK Ultra trailer from Rosie Kay on Vimeo.

MK ULTRA will tour to mid-scale theatres in the UK March-May 2017 taking high quality dance performance from an award-winning company to audiences around the UK. Tour locations: Birmingham, Manchester, London, York, Lincoln, Kendal, Newcastle, Leeds, Warwick, Stirling, Inverness & Glasgow.

The hypnotic world of MK Ultra is inspired by the strange world of pop culture conspiracy theory. Rosie Kay’s new work is a high energy, supercharged explosion of dance and imagery. This is a place where pop stars are manufactured, polished but then break down, pushed to the edge. Video imagery seduces, shocks and charms. 

Kay spent several years exploring the weird world of pop culture conspiracy theory and the result is a supercharged mash-up of beautiful dance, with themes of pop star mind control, CIA programming, breakdowns and heightened performance.

If you didn’t know about the Illuminati, you soon will and if you did, expect MK ULTRA to shatter the Illuminati’s illusory control. Are we all getting our minds programmed? Who do we believe if we can’t believe our own news?

What you'll be supporting

We are seeking your support to fund the visual design of the show including set and costumes. Gary Card has pledged his support for this project and will work closely with Rosie Kay on the visual design of the show. 

Your pledge means a LOT to us
For every £10 you pledge Arts Council England will add an extra £2.50, pledge £20 and we'll receive £25.

The project is supported by Birmingham REP (where the show will premiere), DanceXchange and Warwick Arts Centre.

About the Company

Birmingham based Rosie Kay is one of the UK’s leading female choreographers. She is renowned for her athletic movement, rigorous research and intelligent theatricality. Choreographer to the hit film Sunshine on Leith, Kay is best known for the five star award-winning 5 SOLDIERS. Rosie Kay Dance Company has been established since 2004 and has created and toured multiple works to venues around the UK. The company won Best Independent Company at the 2015 National Dance Awards and has a solid reputation of delivering high quality projects within budget.

Thank you for your support

This project has been approved for funding through the Artists + The Crowd match funding. If this project reaches 75% of its initial target it will automatically receive the final 25% from Arts Council England.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Thanks on our website and in the show programme. Entry into a draw to win a pair of tickets to see MK ULTRA in 2017.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A set of three MK ULTRA postcards designed by Gary Card. Thanks on our website.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Link to the MK ULTRA music inspiration playlist. Thanks on our website.

£35 or more

£35 Reward

Company class video. Try a Rosie Kay Dance Company class at home, taught by downloadable video. Thanks on our website.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

MK ULTRA show video - yours to download and keep. If you can't make it to one of the tour dates why not enjoy MK ULTRA at home? Thanks on our website and in the show programme.

£100 or more

2 of 25 claimed

£100 Reward

A limited edition A4 sized print and set of three postcards designed by Gary Card. Thanks on our website and in the show programme.

£250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£250 Reward

Visit the studio during rehearsals for an exclusive look at MK ULTRA being made. You and a friend can join Rosie Kay and the company in Birmingham for a morning or afternoon session in March 2017. Thanks on our website and in the show programme.

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