Rosanna is a Glasgow-based choreographer working in an expanded field. Her work includes performance, installation, public art, digital media and writing – including written choreographic scores. These are presented in theatre, gallery and public spaces as well as on the page and online. While works are diverse in range they have in common a close working with attention and perception and a concern with the actuality of things and of situations. Drawn to the relational aspects of choreographic making, she works with processes that quieten a sense of individual desire making way for a sense of collectivity that extends to audiences and the material world. Processes that have the capacity to open spaces for a quiet and radical politics of being together.
She works independently and collaboratively with other artists. Recent work has been presented nationally and internationally including at Tramway Glasgow, Nottdance Festival Nottingham, Het Veem Theatre, Amsterdam; KARST Gallery, Plymouth; Konteksty International Festival of Ephemeral Art, Sokolovsko, Poland; Siobhan Davies Studio, London; Nightingale Theatre, Brighton; Art Claims Impulse Gallery, Berlin; Exeter International Short Film Festival and Drake Circus Shopping Centre, Plymouth.
Commissions include from: Tramway – Breath Pieces; Dance4 – Ah kissing and Gifts for the future; Siobhan Davies Dance and Independent Dance – surface/sphere (with Katrina Brown). She has received funding awards for her work from Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Rosanna gained a PhD from Middlesex University undertaken while research artist at Dance4 (2010-2014) and prior to that an MA from Dartington College of Arts. Her PhD research addresses Dance4’s programming of European conceptual dance in their Nottdance Festival and her own practice to propose a ‘non-representational poetics’ of choreography.
A bit of background
Rosanna grew up in Glasgow as a second generation Irish migrant in the social (and sociable) reality of tenement life, trained at School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, lived and presented her work in New York and London. During this earlier period (when she was known as Liz Irvine) she was co-artistic director with Martin Coles of Mobile Image Construction and danced with Rosemary Butcher Dance Company. She later lived in the quiet of Devon, bringing up her children, and working in education and community dance returning to art making in 2007. She has trained extensively in Ki-Aikido (2nd Dan), is a qualified shiatsu practitioner and has an ongoing practice of yoga. These experiences inform her approach to choreography. Rosanna returned to Glasgow in 2016.