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Stereo Dances

Rosemary Lee

2002 – 2008

Stereo Dances was an interactive dance-sound work that has been developed by Rosemary Lee and Nic Sandiland out of his original idea and earlier manifestation.

Each participant could create a private duet with a partner as they listened to instructions played through pairs of headphones. Engrossing and refreshingly uplifting, each couple found themselves creating different styles of dances – from formal to the unexpected and from the meditative to folk – set against a range of musical backgrounds.

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“The sight of people twisting in concentrated silence ought to be as excruciating as hearing non-singers droning along to their iPods. But within the bounds of this ingenious installation it’s charming.”

The Guardian

Stereo Dances was originally commissioned by RFH Education, South Bank Centre, London for the Ballroom Floor.

Presentations between 2002-7 have included : RFH Ballroom Floor Southbank Centre, London Spring Dance; The Great Indoors, Manchester International Festival; Dance Screen Brighton 2005 IMZ SouthEast Dance ACE; Mladi Levi Festival, Ljubliana, Slovenia; Quay Arts, Isle of Wight; Centre National de la Dance, Paris/Pantin; Norwich and Norfolk Festival; UK Moves, La Piscine, Roubaix, France; Aberystwyth Art Centre.

Stereo Dances has been translated into French and Slovenian.

Original conception, devised and designed: Nic Sandiland
Choreography and writing: Rosemary Lee
Voices:  Andrew Downs, Rosemary Lee, Graeme Miller, Nicola Collett
Voice Direction: Andrew Downs with Rosemary Lee
Recording and Editing:  Jonathan Lever