Rosanna Irvine is a Glasgow-based choreographic artist making work independently and in collaboration with other artists. Her work is research-driven operating in an expanded field that includes performance, installation, participatory public art, conversation, drawing, digital media and text. Through the choreographing of relational processes particular to each project, she aims to quieten a sense of the ‘individual’ to make way for modes of collective sensing that extend to audiences and the material world – processes that have the capacity to open spaces for a quiet and radical politics of being, acting and producing together with human and non-human others.
Her 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.
She has taught extensively in education and community contexts including as Part-time Lecturer Choreography at Dartington College of Arts, Associate Lecturer Education at Plymouth University and currently as Artistic and Writing Coach on MA Choreography at COMMA with Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam and Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg.
Rosanna gained a PhD from Middlesex University undertaken while research artist at Dance4 and previously an MA from Dartington College of Arts. Her PhD draws on French philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s critique of representational thinking in western philosophy to address Dance4’s programming of European conceptual dance in their Nottdance Festival and her own choreographic 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 before returning to art making. 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 making.