For nearly three decades, Rosemary Butcher has been a consistently radical and innovative choreographer. Profoundly influenced by her time in New York where she encountered the work of the Judson Church Movement at its peak, she became a seminal figure to British dance with her 1976 ground-breaking concert at London's Serpentine Gallery which brought her response to their ideas back across the Atlantic.
Since then, Butcher has developed her own movement language and choreographic form based around conceptual art, pure movement and a complex use of space that has influenced and inspired three generations of British choreographers; most notably Sue McLennan, Russell Maliphant, Laurie Booth, Fin Walker and Jonathan Burrows. By her determination to remain an independent artist, her use of cross-arts collaboration within the choreographic process and her frequent choice of non-theatrical spaces to present her work, she has profoundly influenced the direction of British contemporary dance. Her works have been received to great critical acclaim, in both this country and abroad. Her solo Hidden Voices was nominated for the Place Prize in 2004. In 2005, she published a series of essays on her work, co-written with Susan Melrose and entitled Rosemary Butcher: Choreography, Collisions and Collaborations (Middlesex University Press).
Work since July 1997:
2005 The Hour (combination of film and live performance)
2004 Hidden Voices (solo), Vanishing Point (film), Images Every Three Seconds (solo)
2001 Still Slow Divided
2000 Undercurrent (film)
1997 Fractured Landscapes, Fragmented Narratives