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Calling Tree (Talk)

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Calling Tree by Rosemary Lee and Simon Whitehead. Performer Ben Stammers. Photo Oliver Rudkin jpg Part of: Climate Encounters

Fri 2 Jul, 4:30pm

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Collaboration and Calling Tree

A zoom presentation by Rosemary Lee and Simon Whitehead exploring their outdoor practice with a case study of their work Calling Tree. (Click here to find out more and book onto the outdoor performance “Calling Tree” which accompanies this talk). 

Rosemary and Simon will each present their practice and talk about what moves them to make work, focusing in particular on how their creative processes invest in relationships with the environments in which the work is located. They will then share the thinking behind their co-authored work Calling Tree. Their presentation will include stills and film excerpts of their work, to be followed by questions and answers and discussion.

Rosemary And Simon will lead 3 walks through nearby parks and public spaces and share their thoughts and responses to different sites and spontaneously imagine an iteration of Calling Tree. Framed as a live, public site visit, along the way they will share readings, memories and somatic exercises that offer participants a direct experience of their artistic process and which invite different senses and readings of a place. For more information about the walks, please see here.

Rosemary Lee- Known for working in a variety of contexts and media, Rosemary creates large-scale site-specific works with cross-generational casts, solos for herself and other performers, video installations and short films. Her work is characterised by an interest in creating a moving portraiture of the performing individuals and communities she brings together, whilst also exploring and highlighting our relationship with our environment. Her recent work includes Calling Tree (co directed with Simon Whitehead) which takes place in the canopies of urban trees, Passage for Par (Groundwork, Cornwall) a durational work for 30 women slowly crossing tidal sands and Circadian (First Light Festival, Lowestoft ) a 24 hour durational intergenerational performance of comprising 24 solos. Rosemary’s work is produced by Artsadmin. She is currently a Work Place Affiliate artist, Senior Research Fellow at C-DaRE Coventry University, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Roehampton University, an Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban.

Simon’s works respond to circumstance through movement and image and may manifest as solo actions or social choreographies, often working with the public, other artists, animals and places. Over the last 20 years Simon has located much of his practice in the valley close to his home in rural west Wales. Through walking here he collaborates physically in a world of materials and events- making itinerant performance, often fleeting, ephemeral and playful. He hosts Locator, an ongoing incubator workshop that researches ecological ideas through movement practice, situated in a nearby ancient sessile oak woodland. Current project Newground (on the Llyn peninsula) is an evolving dance floor grown with plants that will become a place of encounter and touch in a fold of human, plant and wild life. Simon is a member of Maynard, an artist collective that curate and collaborate on a programme of engaged dance activity in the village of Abercych west Wales, working through on-going residencies, the village dance, workshops, local and international partnerships. Simon is also doing a PhD (practice as research) in post- human ecology and a relational choreography of touch at Glasgow University.



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