Memory at Work: Rosemary Butcher in the Present Tense

Video and audio recordings from the day 

Minus 24, a film for Rosemary by Gaby Agis and Silvy Panet-Raymond


Saturday 17 December 2016, 12-8pm

The event offers a shared space for remembering Butcher and her work, and traces the legacies of a key British choreographer of the 20th and 21st centuries through those who connected with her at different points in her career.
It features a roundtable discussion with key dancers and other artists who worked with Butcher, including Elena Giannotti, Sue MacLennan, Lauren Potter and Cathy Lane. Further events include presentations by Ramsay Burt, Susan Melrose and Stefanie Sachsenmaier as well as works by dance artists who have been influenced by Butcher including Rahel Vonmoos, Susan Sentler, Bettina Neuhaus and Katye Coe. We are also excited to show a new film emerging out of her most recent live work The Test Pieces edited by Sam Williams,  and Butcher’s film Vanishing Point.

About Rosemary Butcher
Over four decades, leading up to July 2016 when she left us, British choreographer Rosemary Butcher has made radical and innovative works that crossed the disciplines of choreography and visual arts. After returning to the UK from New York in the 1970s, Butcher often explored non-theatrical spaces – galleries, architectural and open sites – for presenting her works, and has worked with designers, film-makers and dancers, making key choreographic films including Vanishing Point and SCAN. She staged Women and Memory in 2005 at Tate Modern, signaling the interface she had forged between visual arts and dance. She is known for her collaborations with established artists, architects, designers and musicians, including Dieter Pietsch and Michael Nyman. For her choreographies Butcher worked consistently and repeatedly with established dance artists, and through her teaching in the UK and overseas, her work has influenced several generations of practitioners.

Working towards the Rosemary Butcher Archive

Butcher has left detailed and complex archives, some of which remain to be digitised and made publicly accessible. Stefanie Sachsenmaier (Middlesex University) is currently collaborating on a project to build the archive and would welcome anyone willing to share documents from working with Butcher in her capacities as choreographer and teacher to contact her directly via

Event details

Date and time
Saturday 17 December 2016, 12noon – 8pm
Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Studios, 85 St. George’s Road, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6ER
Event info
Please bring your own food. Tea and coffee as well as wine will be available for purchase.
The event is now fully booked (strictly no walk up!).
Email to add your name to the waiting list.
Event schedule


The event is organised by Kirsty Alexander, Lauren Potter, Stefanie Sachsenmaier (Middlesex University) and Independent Dance, with support from Siobhan Davies Dance.