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Liquid Gold is the Air

Rosemary Lee and Roswitha Chesher

Still from film.

Fllmed in the Cathedral of Treesa magical arboretum planted more than 40 years ago, this three-screen video work combines moments of stillness with swathes of vibrant colour, movement and sound as clusters of dancers appear and disappear amongst a cavernous backdrop of trees. 

Drawing inspiration from her performance Under The Vaulted Sky, created for  IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2014, Rosemary has joined forces with film-maker Roswitha Chesher to create Liquid Gold is the Air. The work features a haunting soundtrack by Graeme Miller and music by Terry Mann.

Liquid Gold is the Air won the overall Festival prize at Limericks international dance film festival Light Moves 2015. They described it as “delicate and strong, magical yet profoundly tangible and above all full of hope.”

Spectator comments 

“Beautifully true and truly beautiful.”

“I never imagined I could be moved by a moving video triptych – but I was – astoundingly beautiful”

“I was transfixed! Amazing and beautiful blend of movement, sound and colour. I want to tell everyone to come and see it! 5 stars!”

“It made me feel like I was in another world- very peaceful and calming. I felt like I wanted to fly…”

“I totally loved it – its stillness and beauty – Visual images that will stay with me….the use of golden hands, the trees, the music , the spaciousness. Thank you”

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

Commissioned by The Stables for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2014 and supported by an Arts Council England Exceptional Award and Milton Keynes Council. Sponsored by the University of Bedfordshire with support from MK Community Foundation, South East Dance and The Parks Trust.

Date Title Venue City
8 June 2023 Rosemary Lee – Moving Worlds – Dance on Film Queen Mary University London
7–22 August 2017 Liquid Gold Is the Air Edinburgh Festival Fringe Edinburgh
26 October – 10 November 2016 Liquid Gold is the Air Garden of Reflection Gallery, Echo Echo Festival Derry-Londonderry
19–22 October 2016 Liquid Gold is the Air Lumen Church, Bloomsbury Festival London
15–24 July 2016 Liquid Gold is the Air IF: Milton Keynes International Festival Milton Keynes
28 May – 23 June 2016 Liquid Gold is the Air Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford Oxford
5–19 May 2016 Liquid Gold is the Air St Michael's Church, Bath Dance and ICIA Bath
11–28 September 2015 Liquid Gold is the Air Hexham Abbey International Music Festival Hexham
8–24 May 2015 Liquid Gold is the Air Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk & Norwich Festival Norwich
Still from film.