Calling Tree

Rosemary Lee & Simon Whitehead (England / Wales)

World Premiere
Bank Holiday Weekend Sat 23 & Sun 24 August 2014
10am - 12 noon & 3 - 7pm
Cae Llan, Betws-y-coed, LL24 0AH | Free

Calling Tree

Nesting in an iconic oak tree in the heart of Betws- y-coed, Calling Tree is a performance cycle of songs, movement and messages to passers by.

Throughout the day performers will inhabit the tree canopy. As they continually appear and disappear, fluctuating between restful perching to passionate vocal and physical activity, their bird-like calls and songs will resonate out from the heart of the village.

Come and experience the results of this exploration into the life and habitat of this sentinel oak by two of the UK’s most interesting artists.

The Guardian wrote:

Animated wrote:
“Indelibly magical”

The Times wrote:
“Complete, unselfconscious magic”

quotes for previous works by the artists


  • Created & Concept by: Rosemary Lee & Simon Whitehead
  • Produced by: Migrations & Artsadmin
  • Performers: Gisele Edwards & Alex Harvey
  • Guest Performers: Ben Stammers & Sianed Jones
  • Sound & Words: Ceri Rhys Matthews, Barnaby Oliver & Isaac Lee Kronick
  • Rigging: Joe White

About the Artists

Rosemary and Simon share a common concern for how our connections with nature have weakened. In their performances, we are reminded of this in passionate, varied and thought provoking ways.

Rosemary Lee is an acclaimed choreographer, performer and director. Over the past twenty-five years, she has created works that resonate with humanity including site-specific live performances, installations and dance films. Many of her works explore our relationship with our environment and involve a cross-section of the professional and non-professional community.

Movement artist Simon Whitehead makes ephemeral live performances aiming to reveal our dynamic relationships to place, territory and belonging. He is noted for walks and journeys frequently leading to public performances where audiences can participate or simply bear witness. Over recent years Simon has focused his work closer to home. He curates a festival and residency programme of contemporary performance and dance In his rural village of Abercych.

Gisele Edwards' accolades include: commissioned by London Symphony Orchestra; Juno in Trevor Nunn’s The Tempest; shortlisted for the European Jeunes Talents competition; shortlisted and winner Festival of Firsts; awarded Lauréat at the Résidence au Centre International des Récollets, Paris; winner of the Jerwood Prize for Circus; founder (ex-) member of SHUNT and has worked with Clod Ensemble, Theatre de Complicité, Scarabeus and Kosmos Quartets and in the Millennium Dome Show, amongst others.

Alex Harvey is the co-founder and artistic director of Ockham’s Razor, an aerial theatre company performing physical theatre on newly designed circus equipment. They create stories from the trust and reliance inherent in the relationships between people in the air. Alex has also performed with Improbable and the ENO in Philip Glass' Satyagraha, and with Oily Cart, with whom Ockham's Razor created Something in the Air.

Born and brought up in North Wales, Ben Stammers is an artist working in various media. He is also a wildlife guide and educator. He has exhibited work and undertaken residencies and live performances in locations throughout Wales and further afield, and collaborated with musicians, poets and dancers. He lives with his family in Rachub, Gwynedd.

Sianed Jones is an international touring artist working in cross art form projects collaborating with choreographers, writers, film makers and performance artists in site specific performances. A fiddling, singing composer with an upbringing drenched in Welsh choral singing of the Eisteddfodau. Sianed’s vocal research has taken her across the world and she has worked extensively with The Royal Shakespeare Company including the Olivier Award winning season of 8 History plays directed by Michael Boyd.

Isaac Lee-Kronick is a composer, guitarist and singer. He is a founder member of the band Velvet Stream (2010-2013). His music ranges from acoustic songs he performs solo to electronically and sample generated music. He is currently studying music at Goldsmiths College.

Lighting tech, carpenter, productino mnager and lighting designer Joe White is also a rigging and performer flying specialist working with The Royal Shakespeare Company, the BBC and High Performance Productions amongst many others. He recently rigged an 80m high wall running systems for Scarabeus on Archway Tower, toured with Cirque du Soleil's Dralion and rigged lights for Channel Four's 'The Jump'.


Produced by Migrations & Artsadmin and supported by the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project, with funds from The Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Akademi, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Dance Initiative Greater Manchester, DanceEast, DanceXchange, Fierce Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Independent Dance, Royal Shakespeare Company and South East Dance. Additional support from Made at the Place and Arts Council England. An Artsadmin project.


Please note: Joe White is referred to as Joe Smith on some publicity materials. He is indeed, and of course, definitely Joe White. Our sincere apologies to Joe for that.

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