In the wake of MeToo, where women are speaking out about their
experiences of abuse, and standing for sexual and social
empowerment, it's a relevant time to remember and reclaim female
icons of history.
The Virgin Mary, symbol of divine love, mercy and wisdom, has
for centuries been a revered source of inspiration for people all
around the world. At the very same time, her iconic image of
'female perfection' has been notoriously employed to denigrate real
women, colonize and control.
ROSEMARY, a multidisciplinary dance work, responds to this
legacy with emotional depth and healing humour. It seeks to salvage
the vitality of Mary's mystery from the brittle plaster of her
icon. A collaboration between dancer Rosie Tapsell and
sound/performance artist Jazmine Rose Philips, ROSEMARY will be
tender and dark, dream-like and absurd. Basement Theatre's studio
space becomes a temple to the mother plant, featuring a haunting
sound design and an enigmatic Mary figure, attempting to
We are seeking help to cover our expenses for this show:
rehearsal space, set design and production costs. Anything you can
afford to give will help us immensely.
Rosie Tapsell is a performing artist from Tamaki Makarau. She
has worked with leading New Zealand choreographers and directors
such as Michael Parmenter, Kelly Nash, Claire O'Neil, Louise
Potiki-Bryant, Kate Parker and Alexa Wilson. Rosie co-created
theatre work GOD-BELLY with Andrew Gunn (Pressure Point
Collective), and is a member of DANCE PLANT Collective.
Jazmine Rose Philips is a queer performance artist and sound
designer. Jazmine writes and performs music under the name Him. She
co-created the show F(Y)UCK>SEXY? which toured New Zealand and
Australia. In 2018 Jazmine created the sound for Extra Ordinary
Folk by Claire O'Neil, and also won the best sound design in the
AKL Fringe festival for her show, "blood innocence and the void".
Jazmine is also a trained herbalist and will be bringing with her
knowledge of the healing qualities of rosemary, a herb associated
with Mary in scripture.
Collaborating as the shows dramaturg is Clare Marcie, recently
back in Aotearoa after five years of training and performing as an
actor and theatre creative in Scotland.
Dancer and choreographer Rose Philpott is collaborating as a