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A double bill featuring a film installation, Secrets of the Open Sea, and a performance, Test Pieces, as part of an investigation of memory in relation to the present and future.

Secrets of the Open Sea is a pivotal film installation from archive series Language as Source. A three-screen video installation creates a sculptural and immersive experience around the concept ‘desolation of things past and decayed.’ References to and from the past remain integral to the work which functions as an active ‘searching’ for ‘lost legacies’ that the spectator engages in. The archive installation integrates recordings of creative processes and in particular deals with development of language used in now-archived work.

This is further illustrated in Rosemary’s new live gallery work Test Pieces, involving four dancers, negotiating a form that is revealed through working with a specific site, thematically linking the connection to her specific history of the ‘Judson Dance Movement.’ Inspired by the perception of form in ruins, the work is an active enquiry into what remains, a ‘looking at something that has its root elsewhere’, in a process of choreographic notation that shifts forward and backwards in time.

Secrets of the Open Sea: Arts Council England, Middlesex University, Dance4
Test Pieces
: Arts Council England, Middlesex University, Dance 4, Tanztendenz Munich, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in cooperation with Joint Adventures Munich

This project was performed as part of Nottdance 2015.

For more information about past Nottdance festivals please visit the Nottdance archive.

Secrets of the Open Sea / Test Pieces Double Bill by Rosemary Butcher – March 2015
presented at Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday cross
Nottingham, NG1 2GB

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