‘Wording’ experience with Rosemary Lee and Laura Burns (2015)

Choreographer and film maker Rosemary Lee discusses her research with poet and performer Laura Burns. Beginning from an interest is in the relationship between language and its origins and our felt experience of ourselves in the world through our bodies, Rosemary was inspired by the late poet Michael Donaghy, who said he believed every single word had its roots in our human physicality, a claim which became central to her Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award-supported research beginning in 2013.  Rosemary posits that, perhaps, the gulf between spoken and written language and silent, felt movement, is more possible to connect than she imagined.  The two artists explore our bodies’ knowledge of and generation of language and metaphors, the use and influence of words in their practices and celebrate the difficulty of giving words to experience.

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This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2015 and was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School.