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Research Interests

Choreographic practice; Participatory practice; Site specific practice; Mentoring and facilitating; Film and installation making; Articulating and documenting her practice; Somatic practice with people with a range of experience- from beginner to professional



Known for working in a variety of contexts and media, Rosemary has created large-scale site-specific works with cross-generational casts, solos for herself and other performers as well as video installations and short films for BBC.

Recent works include Under the Vaulted Sky commissioned by The Stables for Milton Keynes International Festival, Liquid Gold is the Air – a three screen video installation and winner of the Light Moves Festival prize, Without, commissioned by and created with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, a seven-screen video installation with sound score by Graeme Miller. It captures a panoramic view of the city of Derry/Londonderry as 400 of its inhabitants dance and move through the streets. Rosemary and artist Simon Whitehead recently created Calling Tree, a durational performance cycle of songs, movement and messages, e in and around a mature tree in Tottenham as part of LIFT 2016 and then in tall London Plane trees for Bloomsbury Festival and The Place Autumn 2016. She is currently working on a new work for 2018 in Cornwall and planning a series of events- On Taking Care, to mark her 30 years as a choreographer exploring care in many contexts with contributions from experts across many disciplines.  

 Rosemary also writes, guest teaches and lectures internationally. Recipient of both a Bonnie Bird Award and a Jerwood Choreographic Research Project Award in 2013, she is an Artsadmin Artist, a Work Place artist, a DanceEast Artist Associate 2015, a Senior Research Fellow at C-DaRE Coventry University, a ResCen Research Associate Artist (Middlesex University) and holds an honorary doctorate from Roehampton University.


Vision Statement


First and foremost I try to remain a maker of works for strangers to experience. My work, whether it be a film installation or live, is created for and in many contexts, from the streets of Derry Northern Ireland to the boughs of an ancient oak tree in Tottenham. The performers maybe hundreds or just one, trained or untrained, young and old.

The variety of my practice raises many specific questions for each project and audience but also more over arching questions of what remains the same, and what is at the heart of what I am doing in all senses, regardless of the changing media or constituencies. I am curious about the individual and the ensemble or collective, the creating of a community and illustration of it in the works themselves, the way the work engages a knowing audience in comparison to someone who stumbles across it, the responsibility I have for the casts and the audiences experience, the role language plays in facilitating movement and how our physical and sensorial knowing of the world shapes language. I’m curious about how the radical -politically and artistically- can be inherent in the so called dance world as can its opposite and how we might tackle some evident and hidden inequalities.

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Research Output 2015 2018

Calling Tree Pamplona

Lee, R. & Whitehead, S., 11 May 2018

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

Public Space

Moving Stories

Lee, R., 24 Feb 2018

Research output: Other contribution


Passage for Par

Lee, R., 22 Jun 2018

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

Costume Designer

Preferring the Blur

Lee, R., 1 Jun 2018, A World of Muscle, Bone and Organs. : Research and Scholarship in Dance. Ellis, S., Waelde, C. & Blades, H. (eds.). C-DaRE, p. 185 -213 29 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Egg Dances- Artsadmin Archive Event

Lee, R., 12 Jul 2017

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

films (materials)

Activities 2018 2018

  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Public Engagement Event

Balancing Act

Rosemary Lee (Keynote speaker)
3 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Rosemary Lee Artists Talk

Rosemary Lee (Speaker)
7 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Crossing Borders

Rosemary Lee (Speaker), Kat Austen (Invited Speaker)
6 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

CultureMoves LabDay 2

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Organising Committee), Sarah Whatley (Organising Committee), Marie-Louise Clare Crawley (Organising Committee), Natalie Garrett Brown (Panel Member), Sara Wookey (Panel Member), Emma Meehan (Panel Member), Rosemary Lee (Speaker)
19 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Our Dance Democracy, Dance, Performance, Culture, and Civic Democracy

Rosemary Lee (Keynote Speaker)
2 Nov 20183 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban

Rosemary Lee (Recipient), 9 Dec 2016

Prize: Other distinction

winner of overall Festival Price at Light Moves

Rosemary Lee (Recipient) & Roswitha Chesher (Recipient), 22 Nov 2015

Prize: Other distinction