Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, born 1967, is from Pembrokeshire and studied Fine Art at Carmarthen College of Art and Technology and Wimbledon School of Art (First Class BA Hons) and then Dance, encountering Butoh in 1992 and studying with the main Butoh teachers in Japan and Europe, notably Ko Murobushi, Masaki Iwana, Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno, Carlotta Ikeda and Kim Itoh. She was awarded a Lisa Ullman travel scholarship and an Arts Council grant to research Butoh in Tokyo in 1999. In Tokyo she had the privilege of studying and meeting with Akiko Motofuji,widow of butoh founder Hijikata, who shared information about his notebooks and films.
Collaborations with Japanese Butoh dancers include duet work with Ko Murobushi and Atsushi Takenouchi.
Since 2000 she has created over 15 stage productions for her own company touring the UK with eight productions showing at The PlaceTheatre since 2001 and other works showing at: Royal Opera House (Clore and Linbury), Royal National Theatre, Laban, Home Gallery and innumerable other venues in the Uk, including Nuffield Theatre, Dartington, Hull, Exeter Phoenix etc. and festivals in Europe including short format festival in Milan, Butoh festival in Die Pratze Tokyo and other festivals in Italy, Germany, Spain etc. She has been extensively funded byArts Council of England and supported by British Council touring (in Portugal/Romania/Switzerland/Italy).
In 2001, she was choreographer in residence in Romania creating Human Zoo Trilogy with Cosmin Manolescu, funded by the British Council and Project DCM, touring Romania, UK and Switzerland. In 2004, she was selected from over 200 applicants as a semi-finalist for The Place Prize with her trio Brutality of Fact that also showed at the Linbury/Royal Opera House and Laban.
Commissions from Laban include 2006 and 2007 creations ( Cleaver and Darkness Cycle no 2) for graduating dancers plus two commissions for solo and duet work ( Incarnate and Black Mirror). She was commissioned by the Royal Festival Hall to create choreography for the re-opening ceremonies of the Southbank centre in collaboration with Candoco and Athina Vahla in 2007. She has worked as a performer for Athina Vahla, Athletes of the Heart and Mladinsko Theatre in Slovenia and for Darren Johnston.
Since 2007 she has enjoyed an intensive commissioning process as costume design advisor and choreographer/director for the London College of Fashion, working with the costume design MA and BA departments to create their spectacular end of year shows, staged at Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Academy and Sadler's Wells. She has developed a specialist approach to the relation of movement to costume design.
Commercial work with actors and opera singers includes innovative and acclaimed choreography for Bacchae (2002) by Sir Peter Hall and Sir Harrison Birtwistle in Royal National Theatre/Olivier stage with Greg Hicks (whom she trained in butoh) in lead role as Dionysus, which then toured to Epidavros in Greece; The Believers (2003) for The Playbox Theatre in collaboration with writer Ron Hutchinson, which toured to Santa Monica Playhouse USA : The Fairy Queen (04/05), with opera and early music group Armonica Consort.
She has pioneered Butoh in the UK and organised over 50 workshops and 4 Butoh festivals. She teaches Butoh for BA and MA at Goldsmiths University and regular teaching includes for Dartington, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Laban, Central School of Speech and Dramaetc.
Whilst Butoh has been a major formative influence on her choreography, Rotie's work is distinguished by a distinct and singular aesthetic, quite removed from any derivative attempts at mimicry of japanese butoh. rotie's work has more in common with the world of fine art or early dancepioneers such as Mary Wigman.
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