Marie-Gabrielle Rotie is a UK based artist working across the mediums of choreography, live performance, film, photography and installation, her work willfully slipping between categories, and staged in diverse locations including theatres, galleries and site-specific locations.
Rotie trained as a Fine Artist (Wimbledon School of Art) receiving a solid technical and conceptual framework from which to approach the experimental. She then trained extensively in Europe and Japan in a range of movement and voice techniques.
Rotie focuses on the body in relation to gender, eroticism, desire, death: each work is conceptually driven and originates from research into the body in relation to mythology, psychology, contemporary art, ontology and metaphysics, searching for a specificity and fluidity of self-representation. Her work is interdiciplinary and intercultural.
She has lectured widely in University, and Adult Education on Land Art, Woman Artist and the Body, Performance Art, Japanese Art and Aesthetics, Mythology, Folklore and Earth Mysteries and the Feminine in Fairytales. Many of these research strands have conceptually informed her works over the past twenty years.
She has collaborated with Prize winning composer Nick Parkin on all productions since 1994 and sound, together with sculptural lighting design and the skillful deployment of costume design, is central to carving out the distinguishing aesthetic of her works.
Her company productions have been extensively supported and funded by Arts Council of England, British Council, The Place Theatre and Trinity Laban amongst many others. Since 2005 she has created six commissioned works with Trinity Laban, and since 2001 she has staged eight productions at The Place Theatre including for The Place Prize. Other UK venues that have supported her work include The Royal Opera House, Exeter Phoenix and Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster.
Rotie has worked closely as a choreographer and costume design consultant with the London College of Fashion and has staged five productions at venues including The Raphael Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler's Wells and The Royal Academy. International touring includes to festivals in Romania, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Japan and many other countries.
Rotie is an internationally recognized Butoh exponent, and has collaborated extensively with Ko Murobushi and Atsushi Takenouchi. She is featured in Sondra Fraleigh's book ' Butoh: metaphoric dance and global alchemy'
Rotie is associate lecturer at Goldsmiths, and is a regular visiting tutor to Central School of Speech and Drama, Laban and numerous other UK universities, teaching Actors, Dancers, Directors, Visual Artists and Costume Designers.
Her current touring work Mythic explores death, loss and memory.