Orchard Portraits is a seven-screen video installation created by Rosemary Lee and Roswitha Chesher.
Created and shot within the beautiful, ancient orchard of West Horsley Place, the work features six senior performers and 60 school children from the local school moving alongside and amongst the aged trees.
Continuing Rosemary’s long interest in the relationship of portrait within landscape, this new work captures the unique presence and quality of both performer and tree.
“Working alongside these aged trees – left to go wild – finding gestures and ways to lean into and rest against the tree, I have noticed how quickly a quiet, connection and familiarity forms between human and tree. I’d like to highlight this relationship and thereby honour both older tree and older human.”Rosemary Lee
9 November 2023 – 28 January 2024
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm
|Limerick City Gallery of Art, Light Moves Festival, Limerick, Ireland||Details and tickets|
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
Orchard Portraits is 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.
|10 November 2023||Films by Rosemary Lee||Dance Limerick Performance Space (St. John's church)||Light Moves Festival, Limerick|
|29 July – 2 November 2023||Orchard Portraits||West Horsley Place, Surrey|
|8 June 2023||Rosemary Lee – Moving Worlds – Dance on Film||Queen Mary University London|