‘Tree and Wood’ is a new immersive performance by Jony Easterby, creator of sell-out success For the Birds at NewZealand Festival & Brighton Festival. This new project explores man’s relationship with trees and forests from a cultural, ecological, arboricultural and agricultural perspective.
For this project he has been collaborating with the award winning musician and sound artist Nathaniel Mann to create a performative song cycle which draws on the folk traditions of the British Isles.
Drawing the most resonate and powerful of this work Tree and Wood is set in a forest at dusk, inviting audiences of all ages to journey into the heart of the forest to experience a narrative of sound, song and performance.
At dusk the audience is transported into a dreamlike realm through a series of installations, music and performance, bringing smell, touch and sounds to the forefront of our consciousness.
Using a combination of high and low-tech elements Tree and Wood is a combination of sculpture, sound works, multi speaker systems, video projections, architectural forms and landscaped design. These explore traditional forest crafts/green woodworking, silviculture (cultivation of trees), ecology and other environmental themes.
Jony Easterby’s Tree and Wood is a spectacle to behold. …… the space is transformed into a series of stage sets that take the audience from opulent visions of a pre-lapsarian Arcadia (fruit, plants, vegetation) to industry, conflict, the colonisation of Native American land and, finally, a message of peace: “Still the trees they grow,” sings Easterby.
Multilayered sound mixes human yelps with electronic beats and the hammer and tongs of industry, while a two-man saw is played with a bow to eerie effect. The lights drop in the final scene like a curtain falling on the forest, before the back of the copse blazes up to signify nature’s resilience. It is a breathtaking sight and an extraordinary achievement of sound technology within the natural elements.