Images of dancers in a gallery - work by Rosemary Butcher

Dance4: ‘Landings’, Imprints’, ‘Traces’ – Dance in the Gallery after Rosemary Butcher


Join Stefanie Sachsenmaier (Middlesex University) in conversation with Andrea Niederbuchner (dance curator and producer) and Sam Williams (artist) to explore the particular affinities that gallery spaces offer dance in contemporary times.

I’m trying to evoke a situation where you go in and look at something which is always there – although of course I can’t get rid of beginnings and endings.

Rosemary Butcher

Together they will draw on their long-term experience of closely working with British choreographer Rosemary Butcher (1947-2016) and discuss selected footage from her archive, thematising her specific framing of space and time through creating dance in gallery spaces, in view of exploring their relevance today.

The event will draw on the history of alignment between the fields of dance and the visual arts, as part of which the placing of dance in gallery contexts emerged. With its beginnings in the early 1960s in the US, galleries continue to prove a popular setting for dance, including across the UK and wider Europe in current times. Butcher contributes to this legacy as one of the earliest choreographers to have worked in visual arts spaces in the UK, with her presentation of Landings at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1976 having marked the beginning of her career that closely aligned with the visual arts.

This event will take place online via Zoom. Automatic live captioning (Otter) will be available.

Thursday 18th March, 5.30-7pm

Free event - book here

If you need support with how to use Zoom please email Emily Tregale: emilyt@dance4.co.uk.

More details of how to attend will be sent to the email address you use to book no later than 2 hours before the event.
Please book before noon on 18 March 2021 to receive this information.

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