Rosemary Lee

Rosemary Lee has been choreographing, performing and directing for over 30 years. Known for working in a variety of contexts and media, she has created large-scale site-specific works with cross-generational casts, solos for herself and other performers, installations and films.

Over the last five years Lee has created two major large-scale site specific works for Dance Umbrella, Common Dance (2009) included 50 performers of all ages and a young choir with sound score and choral works by Terry Mann, and Square Dances (2011), which took place in four squares in Bloomsbury, London, and involved over 160 performers accompanied by bells of all sizes. One part of this work,Melt Down, originally involving 35 men of all ages has also been remounted in Rio de Janiero and Heilbronn Germany with local people.

Without, commissioned by and created with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, is a seven-screen video installation with sound score by Graeme Miller. It captures a panoramic view of the city of Derry/Londonderry as its inhabitants dance and move through the streets. The installation involved 470 participants in front and behind the camera. As artists in residence for The International Festival Milton Keynes, Lee has recently created on an outdoor participatory work to take place in a cathedral of trees,Under the Vaulted Sky with design by Louise Belson and music composed by Terry Mann.

Lee also writes, guest teaches and lectures internationally. She is an Associate Artist at ResCen, Middlesex University, an Artsadmin artist, a Work Place artist, a South East Dance Fellow 2013, winner of the Bonnie Bird Award 2013, recipient of a JCRP Award and has recently been awarded an honorary doctorate from Roehampton University.

“As an East Anglian living in London I am delighted to be able to work in Ipswich and spend more time within the landscapes that have inspired me throughout my career. As an independent artist I really value dance bases like DanceEast that have such experience in bringing together mature and emerging artists, supporting the art form itself and creating opportunities for the local community to experience dance in all its forms and qualities. I look forward very much to working in this environment.”
Rosemary Lee