Egg Dances, a work for thirteen dancers between the ages of 9 and 70 + to the music of Arvo Pärt, fulfilled Lee's desire to place a cross generational cast of professionals and non- professionals in a major London dance venue. It was originally performed at the Place Theatre, London in 1988 and revived in 1990 again for the Place but with live music and toured to Leicester and Shrewsbury.
Egg Dances on Video (supported by Taped, ACE) was shot on location in a medieval tithe barn in 1990 and marks Lee’s first collaboration with film maker Peter Anderson with whom she then made several dance films for BBC, a documentary and projections for live work. It includes an interview with the choreographer and writer ad lecturer Valerie Briginshaw.
"Having made New Springs from Old Winters (1987) for a cast of 75 whilst artist in residence in Oxford, I wanted to distil the most evocative images and themes into a new piece for a chosen cast for the stage. I was determined to bring children and seniors to a high profile dance venue, something that had not been done before."
- Rosemary Lee
"The afterimages are like rallying calls to remember our strength, power and abilities. Such positive optimism as evident in Lee’s work is a necessary antidote to a Britain of the nineties obsessed with market forces at the expense of fulfilling human needs."
- Christy Adair, Dice Magazine 1990
"A stunning poetic work."
- Norma Cohen, The Times Educational Supplement1990
Music – Fratres by Arvo Part,
Costumes designed and made by Rosie Hackett
Egg Dances on video (1990) - Rosemary Lee and Peter Anderson
Egg Dances is published by the National Resource Centre for Dance
An Artsadmin Archive event will take place on 12 July, in which Rosemary will be revisiting this groundbreaking work with a screening of excerpts from the acclaimed adaptation for screen, Egg Dances on Video.