Selected Projects

Parys Mountain 2011 to 2013
Mythic - 2010 to 2012
Black Mirror - 2008 to 2010

Since 1992 my work has interwoven research through practice. My research output languages embrace live performance, film and photographs, through the work of my company Marie-Gabrielle Rotie Productions and also through collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects, both nationally and internationally. The majority of my research has been project funded by The Arts Council of England.

Parys Mountain

Research Team

Parys Mountain is a collaboration between Composer, Filmmaker, Photographer and Artistic director Nick Parkin and Choreographer, Artist, Performer, Co-Artistic Director Marie-Gabrielle Rotie.


Parys Mountain recieved funding for Research and Development from the Arts Council of Wales in 2011. The project is currently being developed through further applications for research and development funding.

Research Concept

The work explores entropy, post-industrial wastelands and dystopia. We are working closely with the unqiue history, geology and archaelogy of this site. We are currently exploring the possibility of fusing sound, image and film to create an 'expanded cinema' installation.

Research Outputs

Parys Mountain Research currently comprises:

  • a DVD compilation of various edited films,
  • a CD of sound scores and compositions,
  • a body of photographic documentation and a PDF promotional publication.
  • performances on film
  • The research was presented at Goldsmiths University of London November 2012 as a research presentation (PRF forum George Wood Theatre.)


Research Team

Choreography/Improvisation and Performance – Marie-Gabrielle Rotie

Original Sound- Nick Parkin
Costume - Francesca Rios
Lighting Design - Andrew Hammond
Assistant Direction- Nick Parkin and Atsushi Takenouchi
Video projection- Ian Pons Jewell (content) Gaia Boretti (editing)
Hair and Make-up: Emma Hopkins


Commissioned by Trinity Laban and premiered Laban February 2010

Research Concepts

  • to research the writings of butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata and iterrogate his concept that to Dance is to 'shake hands with the dead'. his assertion that the ‘body is a corpse desperately trying to stand upright.'
  • to equate Butoh's aspirations to materialise or connect with the dead, with the apsirations of 19th Century spiritualist mediums.
  • to explore the creation of a physical vocabluary centred on an investigation into possession, mediumship and altered states.
  • to explore the meeting of body and projected image and further Rotie's interest in the application of concepts from painting, applied to choreographic investigations, particulary in research to Japanese Aesthetics relating to body, space and time.
    • Research Outputs

      • Live Performance
      • Photographs
      • Film
        • Touring Dates

          • Trinity Laban, London Feb 2010
          • University of Hull in Scarborough 'One the Edge' 18/11/2009
          • Michaelas Theatre University of Roehampton
          • Harry Crook Theatre, Colstons,Collegiate School, Bristol
          • Rich Mix, Shoreditch London
          • Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter
          • George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths University of London 16/3/2011

Black Mirror

Research Team

Choreography and Performance and Props and Costume: Marie-Gabrielle Rotie

Original sound - Nick Parkin
Lighting Design - Andrew Hammond and Fay Patterson
Assistant Direction- Nick Parkin

Research Concepts

Black Mirror takes its name from the devices used by witches for divination but also refers to all that is hidden and shadowy in the psyche.

  • Taking references from the expressionist film 'Nosferatu' and from paintings of Mary Magdalene to research the theme of transformation and a trans-personal iconography to represent female desire and eroticisms.
  • To research the contemporary gothic through physical vocabluaries informed by German Expressionism and Butoh.
    • Research Outputs

      • film
      • photographs
      • live performance
      • Commissioned and Funded by Laban and British Council Portgual and International Dance Festival Almada.
        • Past Touring Dates

          • Trinity Laban - Premier
          • International Almada Dance Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
          • Theatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal
          • Labin Festival, Croatia
          • Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
          • Harry Crook Theatre, Colstons Collegiate School Bristol
          • Michaelis Theatre, University of Roehampton
          • George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths University of London
          • Dartington College of Art, Falmouth

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