Time’s markings/marking time/s: Rosemary Butcher’s secrets of the open sea (Revised 2019)

Conference paper


Melrose, S. and Sachsenmaier, S. 2014. Time’s markings/marking time/s: Rosemary Butcher’s secrets of the open sea (Revised 2019). IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research) On Stratification. Warwick 18 Jul - 01 Aug 2014
TypeConference paper
TitleTime’s markings/marking time/s: Rosemary Butcher’s secrets of the open sea (Revised 2019)
AuthorsMelrose, S. and Sachsenmaier, S.
Abstract

In 2014 Rosemary Butcher’s Secrets of the Open Sea was a new choreographic work merging archive material and current film with live movement. Inspired, she reported, by the perception of form in ruins, the focus of Butcher’s new work was the creation of new histories through her re-engagement with her own past work which was also – far from coincidentally – one history of contemporary dance. We report on Butcher’s creative process with dancer Lucy Suggate, which involved an active enquiry into what remains, a ‘looking at something that has its root elsewhere’, in a process of choreographic notation that shifted forward and backwards in time.
Working with the conception of ‘activities’, Butcher (who died in 2016) investigated the ‘doing of the movement’, aiming to show its construction, rather than ‘finished’ form. This ‘doing of movement’ involved the choreographer and dancer in a simultaneous working of layers of past and future choreographic ‘things’. The work – already then in process – moved away from a central focus on the dancer’s body inhabiting its own space, to work as well with a sense of ‘imprinting’ the dancer’s bodywork onto the floor and into the air.
With these processes in mind, we explored Jean-François Lyotard’s notion of the technical as one constitutive aspect of the art work (‘L’Obédience’, 1988), arguing that in Butcher’s process we could see her engagement with an abstract yet rational choreographic dispositif, allowing us to speak about an inventive ‘dance’ that explored developments in visual art but remained identifiable as such. We discussed how Butcher’s creative process employed a layering of temporal materialities while remaining ‘new’ and drew on Jakub Zdebik’s writing on the productive function of the diagram in art-making (Deleuze and the Diagram, 2012) as well as Lyotard’s “autostructurisation” or ‘working through’ strata of materials.

ConferenceIFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research) On Stratification
Publication dates
Print01 Jul 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited19 Mar 2019
Accepted01 Mar 2014
Output statusPublished
LanguageEnglish
Book titleIFTR Conference, University of Warwick, UK 2014 (revised 2019)
Permalink -

https://repository.mdx.ac.uk/item/8830q

Restricted files

File

  • 23
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

Collective resistance roundtable discussion
Benson, J., Sachsenmaier, S., Jain, I., Syssoyeva, K. and Listengarten, J. 2024. Collective resistance roundtable discussion. Studies in Theatre and Performance. 44 (1), pp. 113-120. https://doi.org/10.1080/14682761.2024.2338974
Performance | Process | Politics
Sachsenmaier, S. 2024. Performance | Process | Politics. Studies in Theatre and Performance. https://doi.org/10.1080/14682761.2024.2338968
Before solidarity: the process politics of relationality, receptivity and attunement
Sachsenmaier, S. 2024. Before solidarity: the process politics of relationality, receptivity and attunement. Studies in Theatre and Performance. 44 (1), pp. 8-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/14682761.2024.2341364
太极推手: Taiji Pushing Hands (Postcard)
Sachsenmaier, S. 2022. 太极推手: Taiji Pushing Hands (Postcard). Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 13 (3), pp. 463-464. https://doi.org/10.1080/19443927.2022.2102741
Solidarity in Performance: considering activist processes in neoliberal times
Sachsenmaier, S. 2022. Solidarity in Performance: considering activist processes in neoliberal times. Performance Research. 27 (5), pp. 4-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2022.2160913
Special Issue: Critical Stages: Unstable grounds: reconfigurations of performance and politics, Issue 23, ISSN 2409-7411
Argyropoulou, G. and Sachsenmaier, S. 2021. Special Issue: Critical Stages: Unstable grounds: reconfigurations of performance and politics, Issue 23, ISSN 2409-7411. Critical Stages/Scènes critiques.
‘Critical Pathways’ – Training and investigating the art of choreography-making with Rosemary Butcher
Sachsenmaier, S. 2021. ‘Critical Pathways’ – Training and investigating the art of choreography-making with Rosemary Butcher. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 12 (2), pp. 164-183. https://doi.org/10.1080/19443927.2021.1902382
Retaining and reframing: notes on processes of remembering in Rosemary Butcher's choreography-making
Sachsenmaier, S. 2020. Retaining and reframing: notes on processes of remembering in Rosemary Butcher's choreography-making. in: Keefe, J. and Arntzen, K. (ed.) Staging and re-cycling: retrieving, reflecting and re-framing the archive London and New York Routledge. pp. 107-114
Susanne Foellmer, Maria Katharina Schmidt, and Cornelia Schmitz (eds.),Performing Arts in Transition: Moving Between Media, Oxford and New York:Routledge, 2019, 256 pp. 16 black and white illustrations, £120 Hbk, £44.99Ebk, ISBN: 9781138574014 [Book review]
Sachsenmaier, S. 2020. Susanne Foellmer, Maria Katharina Schmidt, and Cornelia Schmitz (eds.),Performing Arts in Transition: Moving Between Media, Oxford and New York:Routledge, 2019, 256 pp. 16 black and white illustrations, £120 Hbk, £44.99Ebk, ISBN: 9781138574014 [Book review]. Dance Research. 38 (1), pp. 127-128. https://doi.org/10.3366/drs.2020.0297
Writing 'Practice' /Practising/ 'Writing' (in the doctoral research context)
Melrose, S. and Sachsenmaier, S. 2019. Writing 'Practice' /Practising/ 'Writing' (in the doctoral research context). in: Midgelow, V., Bacon, J., Hilton, R. and Kramer, P. (ed.) Researching (in/as) Motion: A Resource Collection - Artistic Doctorates in Europe Helsinki Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki.
Rosemary Butcher: after Kaprow – a visual journey
Butcher, R. and Sachsenmaier, S. 2018. Rosemary Butcher: after Kaprow – a visual journey. in: Clarke, P., Jones, S., Kaye, N. and Linsley, J. (ed.) Artists in the Archive: Creative and Curatorial Engagements with Documents of Art and Performance Abingdon Routledge. pp. 72-77
Silent transformations in choreography—Making over time: Rosemary Butcher’s practice of 'Looking Back and Ahead'
Sachsenmaier, S. 2017. Silent transformations in choreography—Making over time: Rosemary Butcher’s practice of 'Looking Back and Ahead'. in: Main, L. (ed.) Transmissions in Dance: Contemporary Staging Practices Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 163-188
Ways of doing, ways of thinking, ways of moving together: Considerations for cross-cultural encounters and exchanges in and through dance practice
Sachsenmaier, S. 2016. Ways of doing, ways of thinking, ways of moving together: Considerations for cross-cultural encounters and exchanges in and through dance practice. Choreographic Practices. 7 (2), pp. 305-326. https://doi.org/10.1386/chor.7.2.305_1
Making marks and memories – the body in recorded time
Butcher, R. and Sachsenmaier, S. 2015. Making marks and memories – the body in recorded time. Memory Sentiment Body Space Object Symposium. Coventry 15 May 2015
Productive misapprehensions – Artscross as a trans-cultural collaborative zone of contestation of performance practice
Sachsenmaier, S. 2014. Productive misapprehensions – Artscross as a trans-cultural collaborative zone of contestation of performance practice. PSi20 Avant-Garde, Tradition, Community. Shanghai, China 04 - 08 Jul 2014
Just in Time: Rosemary Butcher, making memories and marks
Melrose, S., Sachsenmaier, S. and Butcher, R. 2015. Just in Time: Rosemary Butcher, making memories and marks. Performance Research. 20 (6), pp. 87-94. https://doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2015.1111060
Collaborative performance-making in context
Colin, N. and Sachsenmaier, S. 2015. Collaborative performance-making in context. in: Colin, N. and Sachsenmaier, S. (ed.) Collaboration in Performance Practice: Premises, Workings and Failures London Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-24
Productive misapprehensions: Artscross as a cross-cultural collaborative zone of contestation of contemporary dance practice
Sachsenmaier, S. 2015. Productive misapprehensions: Artscross as a cross-cultural collaborative zone of contestation of contemporary dance practice. in: Colin, N. and Sachsenmaier, S. (ed.) Collaboration in Performance Practice: Premises, Workings and Failures London Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 280-302
Just in time: ‘momentary’ events in the making of Rosemary Butcher’s signature practices
Melrose, S., Sachsenmaier, S. and Butcher, R. 2013. Just in time: ‘momentary’ events in the making of Rosemary Butcher’s signature practices. Performance Studies International Conference (PSi 19). Stanford, CA, United States 26 - 30 Jun 2013
Spontaneous combustion
Sachsenmaier, S., Lammers, C. and Franglen, N. 2011. Spontaneous combustion. Theatre Academy Helsinki Jan 2011
Lichtung
Sachsenmaier, S., Lammers, C. and Imori, M. 2011. Lichtung. UniCredit Kunstraum am Viktualienmarkt, Munich Dec 2011
Lichtspur
Sachsenmaier, S. and Lammers, C. 2012. Lichtspur. St. Paulskirche Munich Apr 2012
Remote Collaboration
Sachsenmaier, S., Franglen, N. and Wragg, G. 2013. Remote Collaboration. Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Studios, London Mar 2013
The invisible expert practitioner: theorising performer expertise in contemporary performance-making
Sachsenmaier, S. 2010. The invisible expert practitioner: theorising performer expertise in contemporary performance-making. PhD thesis Middlesex University Performing Arts
Intuition
Sachsenmaier, S. Intuition.
Vom Archiv zur Neuerfindung. Fragen zur künstlerischen Handschrift im kreativen Schaffensprozess zeitgenössischer Performance
Sachsenmaier, S. 2012. Vom Archiv zur Neuerfindung. Fragen zur künstlerischen Handschrift im kreativen Schaffensprozess zeitgenössischer Performance. in: Behrens, C., Burkhard, H., Fleischle-Braun, C. and Obermaier, K. (ed.) Tanzerfahrung und Weltkenntnis Leipzig Henschel Verlag. pp. 95-107
Reinventing the past: Rosemary Butcher encounters Allan Kaprow's 18 happenings in 6 parts
Sachsenmaier, S. 2013. Reinventing the past: Rosemary Butcher encounters Allan Kaprow's 18 happenings in 6 parts. Choreographic Practices. 4 (2), pp. 223-244. https://doi.org/10.1386/chor.4.2.223_1
Beyond Allan Kaprow: an interview with Rosemary Butcher
Sachsenmaier, S. 2012. Beyond Allan Kaprow: an interview with Rosemary Butcher. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. 4 (2), pp. 267-281. https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.4.2.267_1
Tanz auf dem Vulkan (Dancing on a volcano)
Sachsenmaier, S., Lammers, C. and Spengler, S. 2010. Tanz auf dem Vulkan (Dancing on a volcano). Städtische Galerie Kunstarkaden Munich 27 Apr - 28 May 2010
Spontaneous combustion
Sachsenmaier, S. 2011. Spontaneous combustion. in: Arlander, A. (ed.) Artistic Research in Action: Proceedings of CARPA2, Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts Theatre Academy Helsinki. pp. 127-133