Rosemary Butcher

Workshop Description | Critical Pathways 2016 | 12 – 15 April | 11am - 5pm

Critical Pathways has always addressed the creative route of process. This year it concentrates on the archive and the present, and Rosemary is interested in working with artists who wish to develop this idea as a choreographic process within her own history.
Critical Pathways is for a maximum of up to 12 experienced independent dancers and choreographers, by application.
Rosemary’s research explores the exchange of ideas translated through language relevant to past works, which informs the realisation of a new work. Working in the present is foregrounded through an overlay of the participants’ understanding of a past work as transferred by Rosemary’s instructions, which constitute remembrances. During the process Rosemary will address wider aspects of conceptual work and the nature of performance. The workshop emphasises the practical, with dialogue and discussion.

Workshop Description | Ways of Working discussion | Saturday 11 June | 11am – 5pm
Coffee from 10.30am and bar until 6pm

As part of the Ways of Working day, Rosemary Butcher will talk about a re-engagement with her own past work.

The encounter focuses on a practice-theoretical undertaking that can be taken as representative of a wider range of the making processes of practitioners who crucially ‘devise’ or ‘experimentally conceive’ their work.

It relates to a variety of established research contexts, such as the areas of practice-as-research, process-specific enquiries into experimental practices of performance-making, questions related to archiving creative processes as well as performance events, the creation of histories, collaborative modes of working with artists from different disciplines and the transposition of choreographic work onto the page.


For Rosemary Butcher, teaching has always been an important dialogue with her choreography and indeed she has mostly worked full time in education alongside her work as an artist. She originally obtained a teaching qualification prior to her taking up her scholarship to the USA in 1969. On her return to Britain she worked for the Inner London Education Authority where she established Dance on the curriculum of Pimlico School, before becoming an Advisor to the Inspectorate for both the London Boroughs of Westminster and Camden. With the disbanding of the I.L.E.A in 1990, she was appointed Dance Co-ordinator at the Holborn Centre for the Arts in Education, a London wide facility for schools and colleges.

In 1994 she took up the post of lecturer in choreography at the University of Surrey where she taught for three years at both BA and MA level, before joining the staff of Laban as Head of Choreography, teaching and supervising students up to PhD level. It was during her time at Laban that she was awarded her Honorary Doctorate from City University. Awarded an Arts & Humanities Research Board grant in 2003 she joined the University of Middlesex as a Senior Researcher in 2004. She continues with this post.