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Some more amazing photos of Modern Warrior, thanks to James Preston

More to follow we hope with this work... watch this space!

Thanks you to International Dance Festival Birmingham and Birminghamweekender for the exciting commission.

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Thanks to dancers Louiseanne Wong Shelley Eva Haden Daniel Griffith Adam Rutherford Daniel Jeremiah Persson and Shanelle Clemenson and assistant Holly Howell

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So amazing to have RDC Youth with us yesterday! Well done to all involved- the TRADS and the MODS!

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Yesterday a group of RDC Youth Company Members performed alongside our very own Artistic Director @aerutherford in @rosiekaydanceco's new outdoor spectacular Mo...dern Warrior!

#ModernWarrior premiered to huge crowds at Birmingham New Street Station/Grand Central as part of Birmingham Weekender. Supported by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome.

#RDCYouthTalent #RDCYouthRKDC

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Check out this battle between The Master of The TRADS and The Master of The MODS! Modern Warrior premieres this Sunday at New Street Station main concourse. 2pm and 4pm. See you there! A Birmingham Weekender DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome commission.
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Modern Warrior shots from yesterday Birmingham New Street Station Birmingham Weekender commissioned by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome

Thank you to Sue O'Brien for these amazing shots!

And to the INCREDIBLE performers;...
@shelleyevahaden @louiseannewong @danielgriffiths @adamrutherford @danielpersson @shanelleclemenson and amazing assistant @hollyhowell

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Check out this battle between The Master of The TRADS and The Master of The MODS!

Modern Warrior premieres this Sunday at New Street Station main concourse. 2pm and 4pm.

See you there!

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Want to be part of Modern Warrior but don't think you want to dance?
Don't worry- come and be a flag bearer instead!

We need 4 volunteers to join the cast and be an important part of the show, and see the action up close and personal.
Register online.

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This is the dance the Modernists, otherwise known as THE MODS, will teach you on Sunday.

Date: Sunday 24th September
Meet: New Street Station...
Time: 1pm or 3pm to learn the dance and become one of the followers
Showtime: 2pm or 4pm for general public

DanceXchange @Birminghamweekender Birmingham Hippodrome Rosie Kay Dance Company

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This is the dance the Traditionalists, otherwise known as THE TRADS, will teach you on Sunday.

Meet: New Street Station...
Time: 1pm or 3pm to learn the dance and become one of the followers
Showtime: 2pm or 4pm for general public

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If you have chosen to join the Traditionalists, we look to The Grandmaster for training:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC5amKLgnFU

Subscribe to TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/sxaw6h Subscribe to COMING SOON: http://bit.ly/H2vZUn Like us on FACEBOOK: http://goo.gl/dHs73 The Grandmaster Official ...
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Modern Warriors... If you have chosen to follow the Modernists, here is your next video for training and inspiration:

A reminder that if you want to attend the free workshops on Sunday, please register on the event pages:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/RKDCModernWarrior/events/

We hope to see many of you there for this unique new commission!

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It's DAY 1 of MODERN WARRIOR!

We're looking at our two tribes and individual martial arts style.

Join us on Sunday 24th September to be part of the show! 12.00 and 15.00 New Street Station. Shows at 13.00 and 16.00.

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Its RKDC and its Day 2! We made this in the morning. Bit of work to do on timing, lifts and ending, but sketch is well on its way.
So exciting to be working wit...h such talented people!
See the work @Birminghamweekended @Modernwarrior 24th September
Join the disciples and learn from the masters 12.00 and 15.00
See the show 13.00 and 16.00 New Street Station.

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Can't decide whether you want to be a Mod or a Trad? Check out these two videos for inspiration.

Traditionalists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLDJ2QteN7c

Modernists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpNXZf4A26M

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In the lead up to Modern Warrior, we'll be posting videos to prepare you for your training. Watch this space and tell us your faves.

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Its Day 3 of MODERN WARRIOR!

TODAY, ITS CHOREOGRAPHING THE LEGEND OF THE MODERN WARRIOR.

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Its Day 3 of MODERN WARRIOR!

TODAY, ITS CHOREOGRAPHING THE LEGEND OF THE MODERN WARRIOR.

Find out more on the Modern Warrior FB homepage.

Wondering what the legend behind Modern Warrior is? The story goes...

A great master came to Birmingham in the 1950s and mentored a select group of disciples. The great master was kind and benevolent. They taught peace and harmony, and was wise and compassionate.

When death struck the great master, two of these disciples - Disciple 1 and Disciple 2 - remained committed to their practice, continuing to pass down these skills to new generations.

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But disagreements arose.

Disciple 1 wanted to follow the traditions and preserve the ceremonies and training methods handed down by rote from master to master.
Disciple 2 wanted to modernise the form, and use the great master's teaching to expand and find relevance with young people.

Disciple 1 and 2 fought to decide who would continue the teaching of the great master in the city.

And neither won.

A long and terrible feud ensued.

Thus,
Disciple 1 formed The Traditionalists, known today as THE TRADS.
These hard workers repeat the mantras of old, preserving ancient traditions from centuries before. They look to the past for the way forward.

Disciple 2 formed The Modernists, today identified as THE MODS.
These versatile fighters improvise, they train in many ways, constantly reinventing themselves bringing in hybrid forms. They look to the future for inspiration.

The Trads think the Mods are diluting their form. The Mods think they must keep adapting the form to keep it relevant.

Who is right? Who is wrong?

This feud has escalated until we find ourselves facing the War of the TRADS and the MODS!

Today we bring to you:

The Master of the TRADS and their followers

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The Master of the MODS and their followers

Become a Mod or a Trad on Sunday 24 September and join us on a quest to settle this feud once and for all. Let victory bring peace to this city again.

Birmingham Weekender

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