|On Taking Care|
A ResCen double DVD exploring the interconnected themes and processes behind the making of Common Dance
Includes full length recording of the performance, rehearsal footage and interviews
Common Dance was a large-scale work created as part of Dance Umbrella 2009 specifically for Greenwich Dance's historic Borough Hall by Rosemary Lee, with a commissioned score by Terry Mann. Using the space as a symbolic 'common ground', Rosemary brought together a cast of four professional, four apprentices and over 40 non-professional dancers aged 8 – 83, with a choir of 50 young people from Finchley Children's Music Group.
On Taking Care attempts to prise open the making of this acclaimed work, revealing the underlying concerns that permeate not only Common Dance but also Lee's broader body of work. It offers a rare opportunity to see her at work with her cast in their first rehearsal along with insightful conversations with a selection of four artists and academics around the themes of, Attentiveness, Abiding, Touch, Community, Sources, Imagery, Practice and Engagement. Illustrated with video footage of rehearsals during the creation process, hitherto unseen clips from the performance, and material from Lee's notebooks and her earlier works, each interview uncovers different layers and themes and highlights fascinating interconnections between them.
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