Marie-Gabrielle Rotie studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art (First Class BA Hons) and then Dance, encountering Butoh in 1992 studying notably Ko Murobushi, Carlotta Ikeda and Kazuo Ohno.
She was awarded a Lisa Ullman travel scholarship and an Arts Council grant to research Butoh in Tokyo in 1999. Since 2000 she has created 14 stage productions touring the UK and internationally, with 7 productions showing at The Place Theatre and other works at Laban, Royal Opera House (Clore and Linbury) and Royal National Theatre.
She has also created numerous site-specific works and many community dance projects and choreographies with and for children. She is the only UK Butoh-based choreographer to have been has been annually funded by ACE since 2000 and has received numerous other prestigious commissions. In 2001 she was choreographer in residence in Romania creating Human Zoo Trilogy, funded by the British Council and Project DCM, touring Romania, UK and Switzerland. Collaborations with Butoh masters include duet work with Ko Murobushi (research funded by ACE 2003) Atsushi Takenouchi (free improvisation 2005) and Katsura Kan (touring production Incarnate).
In 2004 she was a semi-finalist for The Place Prize with her trio Brutality of Fact which also showed at the Linbury/Royal Opera House. Commercial work with actors and opera singers includes choreography for; Bacchae (2002) by Sir Peter Hall in Royal National Theatre 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 45 workshops and 4 Butoh festivals. She teachers in Drama for BA and MA at Goldsmiths University.
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