Without – a seven screen video installation with a specially commissioned soundtrack by Graeme Miller – encircles the viewer and captures a spectacular panoramic view and intimate portrait of Derry-Londonderry and its inhabitants.
Filmed from city wall, it features almost 400 local inhabitants - from tea-dancers to skateboarders and school children to cyclists. Regardless of the real and imagined walls and barriers, they reclaim the streets both distance and near as they glide, dance, melt away and reappear.
Without was commissioned by and created with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company as one of their major projects for the Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture Programme.
"This indelibly magical work is full of grace and grit. Without denying them their unique identity as living residents of Derry-Londonderry, Rosemary treats the people in it like angels and, occasionally, ghosts. They’re the sleeping, the fallen, the waiting and the disappeared as well as the active, vital survivors of a very particular place."
– Donald Hutera, Animated 2013
"Rosemary Lee’s work with Echo Echo Company remapped the contours of a city…They dance…like a pop-up citizenry on the move, crouching and running, creating shapes of a siege, a protest or a lost childhood game."
– Irish Times 2014
"Moving beyond words. People talk about legacy a lot particularly with regards to this city - this film is the definition of legacy. Beautiful."
– Gilly Campbell, Arts Council Northern Ireland
"One of the best artworks I have ever seen."
– Eddie Nixon, Director The Place, London
Without was commissioned by Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company. Produced and presented in association with Artsadmin. Supported by UK City of Culture, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council England & the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure (NI), the Place Associate artist scheme.
Watch an excerpt from the film here.