“Clod Ensemble is one of those highly inventive and anarchic companies thrusting its way through traditional boundaries of drama.” The Guardian
Clod Ensemble make performances which happen in many different contexts, unleashing the extraordinary potential of movement and music for a broad range of audiences and participants.
Founded in 1995 by Artistic Directors Paul Clark and Suzy Willson, the company creates performance projects, workshops and events across the UK and internationally. Recent productions have included Under Glass, which takes place in a series of glass containers and jars (Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Visual/Physical Theatre in 2009), Red Ladies a chorus piece for 18 identically dressed women, and Must a collaboration with legendary New York performer Peggy Shaw.
“A company with the scent and texture of a distinctive musical and theatrical language firmly in its grasp.” Time Out
Clod Ensemble have performed work in traditional theatre spaces, festivals, galleries and public spaces such as Trafalgar Square, Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler's Wells, South Bank Centre, Serralves Museum in Portugal, Public Theatre and La Mama in New York, as well as at festivals including London International Mime Festival, Festival of Firsts, Fierce Festival, Glasgay!, Psi (Arizona and London).They also create projects and curate work in places where art does not usually or regularly happen. Their ground-breaking Performing Medicine project uses the arts to help medical students and doctors gain skills relevant to their clinical practice. (Winner of the Times Higher Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, 2007); and their Extravagant Acts for Mature People project gives senior citizens at daycare centres in London the opportunity to enjoy internationally acclaimed musicians and performers
Clod Ensemble collaborate with artists to work in a wide range of media (theatre, performance, music, visual art, photography, film and poetry) and their performances are produced in association with Fuel.
“The Clod epitomise all that is best in devised and visual theatre – pure inspiration shot through with sheer imagination and verve” What’s On
Why we work with Clod Ensemble
In 2001 Louise broke her leg and Clod Ensemble was making a show called Kiss My Echo about doctor patient relationships and the crisis in the NHS. The show hit a nerve. Not only because of the visual precision amongst anarchy but because the music was completely stunning.
We then programmed Clod’s brilliant silent movie show Greed in the summer, in the main house at BAC. It was then Louise knew she’d like to work with these people; they had a curious sense of humour, an incredible attention to detail and an unerring respect for the audience. In 2005 Suzy and Paul asked us if we’d like to produce their work and there was no question.