There is the moment when the poet-philosopher gives a sudden, agile leap and raises himself above the weight of the world, showing that with all his gravity, he has the secret of lightness and that what many consider to be vitality, belongs to the realm of death! There is that moment when he takes to the trees.

Italo Calvino

Biped’s Monitor is a unique site-based theatrical experience merging highly-visual, surreal environments with an ethereal operatic score. Arbonauts invite you to roam through these strange and evocative installations created for the disused chapel and trees of Nunhead Cemetery. A voyage of unexpected events that re-imagines and fragments Italo Calvino’s magical folktale Baron In the Trees.

Biped’s Monitor sold-out in both 2012 and 2013. Thank you to all of our audiences

We are proud to have worked with a unique group of collaborators to create this magical performance -

Cast | Rachel Alexander | Silvia Almeida | Nicky Ingram | Jack Owen Gyll | Megan Saunders | Hamish Tjoeng | Dominique Vannod and featuring Gruff Theatre as The Servants | Thomas Bostock | Alistair Foylan | Phoebe Naughton | Holly Shuttleworth

Musical Compostion | Louise Drewett | Alex Nikiporenko

Soloist | Daisy Chute

Singers | Catherine Elsen | Sarah Kershaw | Sirena Riley

Musicians | Ingrid Clement | James Welland | Charlie Ransley | Midori Jaeger

Project Manager | Sarah Tarry Project Assistant | Lillie Allen Costume Assistant | Oona Tibbets Milliner | Katia Wengraf and with thanks to Kyle Darroch | Felix Green | Thomas Galliano

Co-Created by Helen Galliano & Dimitri Launder

Arbonauts gratefully acknowledge the support of:

The Mayors Fund | Southwark Council

Nunhead Festival | Elephant and the Nun Festival

Wooster & Stock | The Ivy House Pub | Goldsmiths College

And Myles Painter for making this film with us.

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