Set Design for Episodes of Flight

Riverside Studios, London and the Muffathalle, Munich

Commissioned by choreographer Rosemary Butcher to accompany her work Episodes of Flight the ‘set’ consisted of two projection screens that framed the extremities of the performance space and a film projected onto the screens that ran for the length of the performance. The film consisted of a series of fictional gridded landscapes and movement notations, that emphasised particular narrative strands within the choreography and mimicked the movement of the dancer. The projected film aimed to act both in union and in disjunction with Rosemary Butcher’s choreographed movement. Episodes of Flight was commisioned as part of the Dance Umbrella Festival 2008 and shown at the Riverside Studios, London and the Muffathalle, Munich.

Project Team

Choreographer: Rosemary Butcher
Design: Matthew Butcher and Melissa Appleton
Dancer: Elena Gianotti
Lighting:Charles Balfour
Sound: Cathy Lane

Project Credits

Commissioned by Dance Umbrella and Dance Venture Munich
Supported by the Arts Council, England

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Matthew Butcher is an academic and designer. He is Associate Professor in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and editor and founder of the architectural newspaper P.E.A.R.: Paper for Emerging Architectural Research. His work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum, London; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; The Architecture Foundation, London and the Prague Quadrennial, Prague.

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