SIZE OF COMPANY
SCALE OF VENUE
Small- to large-scale, depending on production
For the past 30 years, Rosemary Butcher has sought to challenge conventional notions of dance. On the basis of conceptual art, pure movement and the complex handling of space, she creates her own movement and new choreographic forms, working on performances, installations and films. Teaching also forms an important part of her work.
'This British artist is an icon of the New Dance movement – radically, uncompromisingly, and indefatigably expanding the limits of dance.' Süddeutsche Zeitung
'It’s not without good reason that Rosemary Butcher has been regarded as a grandmaster of contemporary dance for the past thirty years.' Der Standard
'If anyone in dance has earned the right to present her work in such a setting, it’s Butcher.' The Times (Woman and Memory)
White Inspired by descriptions of survival in the Arctic and the experiences of polar explorers: a dialogue between three dancers and their giant images on screen, evoking emptiness, transparency, appearance and disappearance. Soundscape by Cathy Lane, lighting by Charles Balfour and video by Martin Otter. (60 mins, 3 on stage, 7 on the road, middle- to large-scale venue)
Undercurrent Short film using the natural movement of a big woman. (10 mins)
Woman and Memory (programme of four works) An evening based on the dialogue between choreography and film. Woman and Memory is saturated with ideas of journey and navigation and logs a highly personal trajectory of choreographic identity. The full-length evening is made up of two solos (Images Every Three Seconds, 18 mins; Hidden Voices,15 mins), one 15-minute film (Vanishing Point) and a combination of live performance and film: (The Hour,18 mins). (1 on stage, 4 on the road, small- to large-scale venue)
Pictures From a Floating World (working title) New work that will be part of a larger project, planned for 2007–2008, including a touring exhibition and new performance work. The project is formed around the concept of Rosemary Butcher’s work past present and future, using the archive as arts practice. The idea of a collection will be developed through, and within, the working process where an understanding of the philosophy of a collection will develop the movement language and underwrite the choreographic process.
A touring exhibition around Rosemary Butcher’s work over the past 30 years is planned for 2007–2008, with touring potential from 2007–2008 onwards. Different installation work (including film) is possible to accompany touring performances.
RECENT INTERNATIONAL WORK
2006 Austria, Netherlands, France (Woman and Memory)
2005 Germany, Great Britain, Austria, Ireland (Woman and Memory)
2004 Austria, Croatia, Denmark (White)
Woman and Memory (programme of four works) 2007 and 2008
White details on request.
Pictures From a Floating World (working title) details on request.
Undercurrent details on request.