(b Bristol, 4 Feb. 1947)
British choreographer, teacher and director. She studied dance at Dartington College (1965–8) and at the University of Maryland (1968–9), after which further studies in New York with Elaine Summers and Yvonne Rainier (1970–2) brought her into contact with the Judson Church movement. She founded her own company in London in 1975 and was resident choreographer at London's Riverside Studios (1977–8). One of the leading minimalist choreographers of her generation her works have been informed by her interest in the visual arts and architecture, frequently performed in art galleries and utilizing art installations and film. A list of her works includes Anchor Relay (1977), Traces (1982), The Site (1983), Flying Lines (1985), Touch the Earth (1987), Body as Site (1993), After the Last Sky (1996), Fractured Landscape, Fragmented Narratives (1997), White (2004), Woman and Memory (2005). Butcher has taught widely including at Dartington College (1969–70, 1980–1), and the University of Surrey (1994–7). Visiting fellow of the Royal College of Art, London (1995–7).