Square Dances

Rosemary Lee  

A major new outdoor and large scale performance, Square Dances involved over 200 dancers of all ages. Spanning four central London squares, this large-scale cross-generational work presented over one weekend in October as part of Dance Umbrella 2011.
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Rosemary worked with four groups of professional and non-professional dancers from across London over a period of seven weeks. Each group, divided into 9-11 year olds, dance students, 50 men and 100 women aged 18+, performed six times over the day, in one of the four locations in Gordon, Woburn, Queen and Brunswick Squares.

Like migrating birds, the dancers surprise the audience and passers by their sudden appearance and intensity of performance and their equally fleeting dispersal. Just as the traces of history remain inherent to the squares themselves, the distilled and poetic quality of the dances imprint a lasting image on the spectators’ memory.

With no set, and only a few props, each dance accompanied by the sound of live bell ringing - from the toll of a large solo bell hanging in one square or the cacophony of bells held by the dancers in another to a specially commissioned peice by Terry Mann.

Square Dances builds on the legacy of Rosemary’s previous cross-generational project, Common Dance, which she created for and with gD (Greenwich Dance) and Dance Umbrella in 2009.

Square Dances is co-commissioned and presented by Dance Umbrella in association with Artsadmin.

Supported by Bloomberg.


Various Squares in London WC1
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