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Orchard Portraits

Rosemary Lee

A seven-screen video installation created and directed by Roswitha Chesher and Rosemary Lee 

Stills from Orchard Portraits video installation

Choreographer Rosemary Lee brings her unique approach to landscape and movement to a new video work made in collaboration with filmmaker Roswitha Chesher.   

Filmed over a year through four seasons, Orchard Portraits is inspired by, and shot in the historic wild orchard at West Horsley Place. Bringing the beauty of outside in, the resulting seven-screen video installation will inhabit the stone hall over summer/autumn 2023. Five senior performers are each captured in a meditative and elegant duet with an ageing tree whilst in contrast 60 school children burst through the orchard in moments of joy and discovery.

Reminding us of natures’ cycles of regeneration, Orchard Portraits conjures up a sense of our deep and ancient connection with trees.     

Performers:  Nancy Budd, Violet Clare, Andrew Hamel-Cooke, Jim Tucker, Helen Scalway and pupils from The Raleigh School, West Horsley, Surrey. 

Original concept and Choreography: Rosemary Lee  

Director of Photography: Roswitha Chesher 

Editing: Roswitha Chesher with Rosemary Lee 

Sound Design: Douglas Murray

Costumes: Susan Dinmore 

Production Manager: Steve Wald 

Synchronised Playback System: Rob Prouse 

Installation Construction: Richard Rudnicki 

Produced by Ali Clarke at Surrey Hills Arts with Nicky Childs at Artsadmin 

Supported by Arts Council England, Arts Partnership Surrey and the Surrey Hills National Landscape. 

Special thanks to Matt Link, Clare Clinton and the team at West Horsley Place, Katie Green, Julie Gilbert, Jan Alderman, Douglas Murray. 

  • Accessible parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 1 mile walk from Horsley Train Station.

For further details and directions:

Date and time

29 July – 2 November 2023
Various times

Please note
This is now a past event.


West Horsley Place
Epsom Road, Leatherhead
KT24 6AN