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Rosemary Lee

Circadian, Rosemary Lee. Photo by Nicky Childs

Circadian is a durational performance involving a cross-generational cast of 24 professional and non-professional dancers.

Starting with the youngest and ending with the oldest, the same solo is performed on the hour over 24 hours or in a relay clustered into a shorter period. With moments of intensity and stillness, each dancer brings their own quality to this repeating, ritualistic performance, accompanied by a specially commissioned sound-score by composer and singer Isaac Lee-Kronick.

Continuing her passion for making work that is both intimate and yet expansive, Rosemary draws inspiration for this work from the cyclical rhythms of life that shape us whilst also highlighting the singular individuality of each performer.

Originally commissioned by DanceEast and First Light for their inaugural 24-hour festival in 2019 on Britain’s most eastern coastal location, Rosemary has begun to explore ways of adapting Circadian for different contexts. A second version, renamed Threaded Fine was commissioned by ŻfinMalta and presented as durational 5-hour performance  in the Valletta Theatre, Malta in early 2020.

“It spoke to people in a direct way without barriers, and was both of the beach and connected to the people.”

Genevieve Christie, First Light

“It has been a wonderful experience from beginning to end.”


Commissioned by First Light Festival and DanceEast

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England 

Choreography: Rosemary Lee with support from Sophie Arstall & Aya Kobayashi and interpretation by the performers.

Composer and performer: Isaac Lee-Kronick

Costume design and styling: Flora Moyes

Performers in order in appearance: Evie Smith, Ralph Bates, Skye Dorward, Isaac Looker, Meredith Winship, Helen Lamb, Tilly Lee-Kronick, Richard Pye, Lizzie Stanley, Sarah Lewis, Laura McGill, Abby Page, Lynnette King, Mary Davies, Anna Williams, Nicky Gibbs, Rebecca Chapman, Andy Newman, Rosemary Lee, Caroline Mummery, Diego Robirosa, Lyn Matthews, Cecil Rowe, Pam Williams

Rehearsal Assistant/Cast coordinator: Richard Pye

Site management: Des Reynolds

Site support: Charlie Kronick

Produced by Nicky Childs, Artsadmin with support from DanceEast

For more information on this project download the touring pack or contact Nicky Childs at

Date Title Venue City
23–25 October 2020 Circadian Dance East
22–23 June 2019 Circadian First Light Festival Lowestoft
Circadian, Rosemary Lee. Photo by Nicky Childs