Melt Down

Rosemary Lee  

Gathering in a public space, often under the expansive branches of a huge tree, a group of men of varied ages, raise their arms to the sky then slowly, almost imperceptibly, ‘melt down’ to the ground. A single bell toll marks each minute of the melt down, as countless images and thoughts of mortality, the passage of time, human strength and frailty, and the resilience of the human spirit pass through the viewers mind.

A deceptively simple yet powerful sculptural work, Rosemary reworks this idea for different contexts, incorporating a group of local professional and non-professional performers wherever she goes.

"Lee’s genius – and I use the word carefully – is to modulate and sculpt her choreography to the dancers before her with a simplicity that makes the movement seem wholly natural and life-enhancing, for participant and spectator alike... the performances that emerge are astounding."
– Carole Woddis, Reviews Gate

"Beautifully realised and transporting"                   
– Donald Hutera, The Times 

With thanks to Elise Long and Spoke the Hub Dancing Brooklyn, for inspiration and permission to work with Melt Down concept. 

Melt Down was originally one of a quartet of short pieces performed in open spaces in central London that combined to make up Square Dances. First commissioned for Dance Umbrella, 2011.

See Melt Down featured in film maker Alex Reuben's Newsreel Two

For promotersdownload touring pack.

For more information on this project, please contact Nicky Childs at nicky@artsadmin.co.uk.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

21.05.16
Meltdown & Rising
Bath International Music Festival
BATH UK
07.09.14
Coastal Currents
HASTINGS UK
24-25.05.14
Tanz! Heilbronn
HEILBRONN Germany
12-13.11.12
Panorama Festival
RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil
13-14.10.12
Dance Umbrella London
LONDON UK
08-09.10.12
Square Dances, Dance Umbrella London
LONDON UK
Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Photo by Richard Oliver

Photo by Richard Oliver

Photo by Richard Oliver

Photo by Richard Oliver

Photo by the artist

Photo by the artist

Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Photo by Hugo Glendinning

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