Rosemary Lee, ICIA and Bath Dance are looking for a cast of 60 performers to get involved in RISING and MELT DOWN, a project that will be presented during Bath International Music Festival in May 2016.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for those who love to explore movement and are interested in performing in an unusual environment with others – no previous dance experience required!

Renowned choreographer Rosemary Lee originally created a quartet of Square Dances commissioned by Dance Umbrella, located in four squares in the heart of London. Sections have subsequently been created in cities across the world – from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to Heilbronn in Germany. Rosemary will now be re-imagining two sections for the beautiful city of Bath, working with collaborators Fiona Millward, Henrietta Hale and Ben Ash. Her desire is to fill two green sites within Bath with movement for a brief time, bringing a particular energy and quality to the space before departing out into the city’s streets. Linked by the sound of different bells played live at each site, both RISING and MELT DOWN will be distinctive events unique to their location. Each performance will last 10-15 minutes and both will be repeated 4 times throughout the day on Saturday 21st May 2016, as part of the Bath International Music Festival.


Speaking about RISING, Rosemary said, “I am looking for 30 women aged 16yrs+ who love to move creatively and dance and explore a range of varied qualities through movement and who would relish the chance to perform outside with other women of all ages. I imagine the dance will be both lyrical and purposeful, delicate and powerful”. Inspired by specific features of The Circus, Fiona will be leading a group of local women to perform RISING. The performers will flock, pause and interweave amongst one another like migrating birds, using handheld bells to create a delicate soundscape within the tall trees of the Circus. Their equally fleeting departure will lead the audience on to the all-male performance of MELT DOWN. Taster Day: Saturday 6th February, The Edge, Bath

MELT DOWN: ROYAL AVENUE (in front of the Royal Crescent)

Speaking about MELT DOWN, Rosemary said, “I am looking for men who love to move, are interested in performing with a group of men of all ages, and would relish the chance to perform a simple action which requires considerable physical control and concentration”. MELT DOWN which will be located within a copse of trees on Royal Avenue, will be led by Henrietta and assisted by Ben, working with a cast of local men to create a simple yet powerful work. With a single toll of a bell marking each minute, the group slowly, almost imperceptibly ‘melts down’ to the ground, performing a simple, intense, slow action in unison.


The taster day will be taking place on Sunday 20th March at The Edge, Bath.

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For more information about Rosemary Lee’s Square Dances, Dance Umbrella, London go to:

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