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The Clod Ensemble makes compelling work through the alchemy of theatre, music and physical comedy. The Clod Ensemble website.

Archive listings for The Clod Ensemble

Work type: Dance or ballet.

Placebo - T388223659

A room full of expectation, suggestion and infectious rhythm. What is fake and what is real? Is the movement the medicine? Placebo is an invigorating celebration of the power we have to make ourselves feel better, even when things are falling apart. Seven dancers and an audience attempt a series of experiments to discover what gives them pleasure and what might dull their pain. Movements collide, overlap and multiply, propelled by a rich original score that sweeps mischievously through euphoric club tracks to chewy classical fugues.
30 Oct 18 to 10 Nov 18The Place Theatre, Inner London :: V240
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16 Oct 18 to 17 Oct 18Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton :: V01122609028
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Under Glass - T01812683470

In a promenade performance, the audience moves through a space that is at once medical laboratory, museum exhibit and gallery, where dancers are kept like specimens in glass containers. This dream-like walk takes characters out of their everyday life and frames their moments of solitude; examining human beings attempting, with varying success, to live within their limits.
1 Nov 17 to 4 Nov 17Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton :: V01122609028
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25 Oct 17 to 28 Oct 17General, Outer London :: V1087
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25 Oct 17 to 28 Oct 17Hackney Showroom, Outer London :: V2126663178
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Red Ladies - T23933655

Performances will take place in and around Southbank Centre London (15/16 July) as part of their Festival of Love, Malvern Theatres (19 July), Margate Theatre Royal (25/26 July), and they will infiltrate Margate (23/24 July), embarking on a series of mysterious, visually arresting missions as part of a collaboration with Turner Contemporary for their unique community festival Summer of Colour. Red Ladies features 18 women, identically dressed in red headscarves red stilettos, black trench coats and sunglasses. The piece has two elements: the outside 'missions' in public spaces (streets, rooftops, riverbanks, public gardens, beaches) and the indoor 'theatrical demonstration'. An investigation into how human beings behave in groups, Red Ladies is a metaphor for complex, emergent systems in the natural world. It is at once about difference (dancers, actors, musicians of different ages, sizes, nationalities) but also about networks and community. Inspired by the chorus in Greek Tragedy, the Amazons, the Suffragettes, the Women's Institute, the Arab Spring, the domestic and the political, Red Ladies is a sensual anthem to human beings' capacity for transformation. The Red Ladies move through the landscape with great love, incredible style and devastating integrity. They sit, they wait, they play the harmonica, they observe, they lament, they change, they remember. A recipe for onion tart becomes a political manifesto, a drum solo becomes a call to arms, a knitting pattern becomes a lament. They listen carefully to the dozens of voices including David Attenborough, Margaret Thatcher, Orson Welles, Amelia Earhart and Mao Zedong that come through the loudspeakers. Their movements echo a flock of birds, a herd of bison, a swarm of bees. Red Ladies are an international phenomenon - there are millions them all over the world - sometimes groups of them manifest in a town or city a bit like a swarm of ladybirds. Each time Red Ladies come together they draw people's attention to different things - in 2005 as a response to 'the war on terror' they drew attention to issues around national security and civil liberties - in 2014 they will focus on our natural habitat - drawing attention to the continuum between human beings and their environment.Choreographer Suzy Willson. Director Suzy Willson. Music Paul Clark.
25 Jul 14 to 26 Jul 14Theatre Royal, Margate :: V685
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19 Jul 14Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
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15 Jul 14 to 16 Jul 14Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
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An Anatomie in Four Quarters - T0509692821

Set to an original score featuring live strings, percussion and bagpipes, An Anatomie in Four Quarters celebrates the physical structure of the bodies we inhabit. The magnificent anatomy of Wales Millennium Centre is itself dissected as the audience walk to different viewing positions throughout the piece, examining what it means to open up and to be opened.
29 Nov 13 to 30 Nov 13Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
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Zero - T01563120345

Set to an original score played live by a band of acclaimed musicians and featuring an explosive cast of performers, Zero, commissioned by Sadler's Wells and produced in association with Fuel, is a turbulent mix of dance, music and visual theatre. Zero is a world where nothing is certain - where women can be tigers and men can be snakes. Families, marriages and friendships are laced with sibling rivalries, frustrated desires and murderous ambitions. Heavens open and lives fall apart. Here, we are all at the mercy of the stormy weather. At least we can still sing the blues. Running time: 1hr 5mins (no interval). Contains strong language. Ages 12+Choreographer Suzy Willson. Music Paul Clark.
7 Jun 13Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
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4 Jun 13 to 5 Jun 13Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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24 May 13 to 25 May 13Bristol Old Vic, Bristol :: V857
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Anatomy Lessons - T01810246252

Part of the Clod Ensemble's Performing Medicine. The Anatomy Season, artists present their own anatomy lesson, as a performance, lecture or demostration. Includes a presentation by choreographer Wendy Houston.
8 Nov 11 to 9 Nov 11The Lilian Baylis Theatre, Inner London :: V236
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An Anatomie in Four Quarters - T891441883

Set to an original score featuring live strings, percussion and bagpipes, An Anatomie in Four Quarters celebrates the physical structure of the bodies we inhabit and the ways we attempt to see, define, contain, name and value them. The magnificent anatomy of Sadler’s Wells’ auditorium will be dissected as the audience of just 200 move to different viewing positions throughout the piece, examining what it means to open up and to be opened. Clod Ensemble has been making work that crosses the boundaries between dance, theatre and visual art for over 15 years and is led by Suzy Willson and Paul Clark. Recent productions include Red Ladies and Under Glass.
28 Oct 11 to 30 Oct 11Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Under Glass - T1745105721

Under Glass is a performance which takes place within a collection of glass jars, cabinets and test tubes. Each vessel contains its own human specimen: a woman in a jam jar, a couple negotiating their space in a bed-like Petri dish, a shy ‘wallflower’ pinned behind a glass panel, a man clockwatching in his office, a woman on the phone in a test tube observing the disintegration of village life. The production integrates visual imagery and choreography with a new text by TS Eliot Award-winning poet Alice Oswald, and an original score. At once museum exhibit, gallery and medical laboratory, Under Glass lifts characters out of the hurly burly of everyday life and frames their moments of solitude; examining human beings attempting with varying success to live within their limits. Under Glass can be shown individually, in clusters, or as a whole series.Producer Fuel. Director Suzy Willson. Music Paul Clark. Design Sarah Blenkinsop. Other Alice Oswald. Performer Angela de Castro. Performer Olwen Fouere. Performer Sachi Kimura. Performer Silvia Mercuriali. Performer Ramona Nagabczynski. Performer Ragnhild Olsen. Performer Jason Thorpe. Performer Joy Constantinides. Performer Francois Testory.
9 Nov 10 to 13 Nov 10Bristol Old Vic, Bristol :: V857
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4 Nov 10 to 6 Nov 10NST Campus, Southampton :: V776
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Under Glass - T01710489687

Inside the cavernous Victorian warehouse space of the Village Underground The Clod Ensemble present Under Glass, an enthralling site-specific performance in which a collection of extraordinary human beings are contained in a series of glass jars, cabinets and test tubes.
9 May 09 to 16 May 09Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Octoberfest 2003 - For One Night Only and other short pieces. Scratch Performance - T02137585026

For One Night Only - a piece for two wrestlers, bongo and piano. The world premiere of a new work by Paul Clark featuring a nine piece brass ensemble, commissioned by the Christopher Whelan Foundation and to spark your imagination with what's to come, a Scratch Performance of a new piece for trapeze and piano.
15 Oct 03 to 16 Oct 03BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
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Greed - T777995181

A romantic comedy in the style of the great silent movies, inspired by melodrama and the slapstick of Keaton and Chaplin. A dentist and his wife rise from poverty to fabulous wealth when they discover a miracle mouthwash promising perfect teeth for life. But as their business blossoms, hotels appear in their relationship - and their teeth. Commissioned by BAC - developed at the National Theatre Studio.Director Suzy Willson. Music Paul Clark. Performer Jason Thorpe. Performer Sarah Sameron.
4 Aug 03 to 25 Aug 03Pleasance, Edinburgh :: V1282
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13 May 03 to 15 May 03BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
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8 May 03 to 10 May 03Bristol Old Vic, Bristol :: V857
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T01933401433

The [Clod Ensemble] presents a tantalising selection of old and new pieces thrown together for one night only including it's a small house and we lived in it always, a collaboration with the notorious [Split Britches], featuring [Lois Weaver] and [Peggy Shaw]. Plus a scratch performance of a new work for wrestlers, piano and bongo, a handful of new musical fragments and a couple of old musical scenes.
17 Oct 02BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
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Songs for the Dead - T805114420

An evening of beautiful, devastating, uplifting, poignant pieces inspired by death. Works by [Purcell], [Schnittke], [John Dowland] and [Stravinsky], played by members of [The Clod Ensemble] and presented in the company's distinctive visual style.
9 May 01 to 10 May 01BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
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17 Jun 00 to 18 Jun 00BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
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T02038305198

Spots - The Clod Ensemble create performance which integrates live classical music with visual theatre. This evening of work in progress is the first stage of a project which focuses on the human body and its relationship to the medical profession. The evening also includes a new piece for piano by [Paul Clark] called The Pedal Is Depressed, played by J P Gandy. Previous work includes The Feast During The Plague, The Metamorphoses, The Silver Swan and Lady Grey.
18 May 00 to 20 May 00BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
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