For nearly four decades, Rosemary Butcher has made over 50 works and her works has been presented in more that 40 countries world wide and as a result is internationally regarded as one of Europe’s most consistently radical and innovative choreographers.
Profoundly influenced by her time in New York, 1970–72 where she encountered the work of The Judson Group at its height where she was probably one of the few European choreographers to be studying Judson in New York at that time. She subsequently introduced those ideas to Britain at her 1976 ground breaking concert in London’s Serpentine Gallery. Since then, Butcher has developed her own movement language and choreographic structure. By her determination to remain an independent artist, her use of cross arts collaboration in Music, Visual Arts, Film and Architecture within the choreographic process and her frequent choice of non-theatrical spaces to present her work, she has forged her own place within the European contemporary dance scene. Butcher has recently been awarded an MBE for her artistic achievement.
An inspired teacher, Butcher’s teaching practice has always informed and run in parallel to her choreographic work. She has taught at all levels, from infants to “A” level school; students with the ILEA, University degree and PhD level at University of Surrey and Laban. In 2003 she was awarded an Arts & Humanities Research Board Scholarship and in 2007 the post of Senior Researcher at University of Middlesex U.K. She has also regularly teaches internationally with courses on the process of choreography and with individual mentoring