MK ULTRA 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 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.
UK TOUR 2018
20 & 21 September | The Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome
28 & 29 September | Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
2 October | G Live, Guildford
16 October | Strode Theatre, Street, Somerset
23 October | The Customs House, South Shields
26 October | Aberystwyth Arts Centre
8 November | Southbank Centre, London
10 November | LEAP Dance Festival, Liverpool