Bonnie Bird award goes to alumnus

Rosemary Lee (Hugh Glendenning)

Alumnus choreographer Rosemary Lee, whose works often involve hundreds of dancers, has won the £10,000 Bonnie Bird Award.

Her recent works include Melt Down, which saw 30 men dance to the sound of a tolling bell on the steps of Granary Square in King's Cross; and Without, involving 400 residents of Londonderry.

She commented: "Having been taught myself by Bonnie Bird I am thrilled and touched to have been chosen for this award," she said. Since graduating from  rinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Lee has specialised in large scale, community focussed works, alongside her own solo performances.

Lee says she intends to research complex, eight person routines and the links between "experience and the written word".

"Having spent the last decade primarily working on large-scale participatory projects and film installations, this opportunity is timely, much needed and most welcome."

"I am longing to return to the studio," she added. "As an independent artist with a family it is not easy finding the time, resources, and opportunities to research and experiment with dancers."

Given biennially, the award is given by the Bonnie Bird Fund, an independent body to Trinity Laban, but Principal Professor Anthony Bowne sits on the Board.

Picture credit - Hugh Glendenning. With thanks to BBC Online -

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