News: Screen dance award for Rosemary Lee and Roswitha Chesher

Wednesday 25 November 2015 by Carmel Smith

Still from Rosemary Lee and Roswitha Chesher’s  'Liquid Gold is the Air'.

Choreographer Rosemary Lee and film-maker Roswitha Chesher’s Liquid Gold is the Air has won the Light Moves Festival Prize. In its second year, the new festival of screendance took place at Dance Limerick, Ireland, recently (19 – 22 November).

Announcing the award, the festival organisers said: “We have chosen to award the overall Festival prize to a film that is profoundly generous in its embrace of wonder, beauty and the collective spirit. This film is both delicate and strong, magical yet profoundly tangible and above all full of hope.”

A triptych of richly coloured iconographic images and fleeting dances, Liquid Gold is the Air is set within the Cathedral of Trees in Milton Keynes, an arboretum planted on the same footprint as Norwich Cathedral. The film – and its live incarnation Under The Vaulted Sky – were funded by a £215,000 Exceptional Award from Arts Council England which was awarded to IF: Milton Keynes International Festival for the commission in 2014.

Rosemary Lee said: “Roswitha and I are so thrilled that the film has been recognised in this way. Liquid Gold is the Air could not have happened without the IF commission, the amazing and generous contribution of the performers and the entire creative team – the award is for each and everyone one of those people.”

Liquid Gold is the Air was also shortlisted for Most Innovative Use of Sound at Light Moves and for Best Cinematography at Under Wire Festival.

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Liquid Gold Is The Air is a legacy project from Under The Vaulted Sky, created by Rosemary Lee with Arts Admin, commissioned by The Stables for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and supported by an Arts Council England Exceptional Award and Milton Keynes Council –with additional support from South East Dance and The Parks Trust. The project is also sponsored by the University of Bedfordshire and MK Community Foundation

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