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