Birmingham dancer and choreographer Rosie Kay sets herself some daunting physical challenges, and it's not just that her work is full of flowing, inventive and often highly-energetic moves.
Imagine the physical implications of dancing for several minutes with an egg in your mouth, of zipping yourself up inside a traveling bag, or of an extended sequence writhing on the floor with fingers firmly gripping the toes of the opposite foot.
The last two of these occur in Asylum, the final piece in the triple bill of short pieces Kay presented on Saturday as part of MAC's Moving Parts season. It took the show beyond the normal physical boundaries of dance and into the province of the circus contortionist - though with serious intent, since the piece was conceived as an angry response to the demonisation of asylum-seekers.
Not that it seemed to carry any very specific political points, though its opening - Kay and her Brazilian partner Guilerme Miotti arriving bewildered and ladened with plastic bags - set the scene clearly enough, and the sense of oppression was as evident as the abstract power of the dance.
In contrast, comedy was the keynote for the first two pieces, Honey, You're a Pig and Patisserie, both souvenirs of Kay's globe-trotting CV. The first is her reflection on a mutually-irritating relationship with a former boyfriend in the south of France, which is conceived in the spirit of slapstick.
This piece is particularly enjoyable for its seamless use of dance, props and acting in the cause of gallows humour.
Patisserie, with which Kay won the International Solo Dance Festival in Stuttgart, is a reflection on the daunting elegance of women in Poland, where she began her professional career.
It requires her to deliver a monologue based on her interviews with Polish women (though the text does not seem obviously country-specific) while engaged in increasingly grotesque preening.
It's an amusing idea which you could easily imagine outstaying its welcome. But, if anything, it seemed to stop a little short of its optimum length. n Moving Parts, which runs until March 18, continues with Rejects Revenge on Friday and Jean Abreu on Saturday.