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An Anatomie in Four Quarters

Presented by
Clod Ensemble
Performed by
Manchester Camerata
30 Apr 2016
Clod Ensemble

A Sadler’s Wells commission. Produced in association with Fuel.

In association with Manchester Camerata.

Set to an original score featuring live strings, percussion, and voice, An Anatomie in Four Quarters was a thrilling performance in which the magnificent anatomy of the venue it was presented in was itself dissected. Audiences walked to different viewing positions throughout the theatre to experience the piece, examining what it meant to open up and be opened.

This compelling visual poem featured a cast of dancers, actors, and musicians. As the audience changed positions for each of the four movements, An Anatomie explored the insatiable desire of human beings to get closer to things encouraging us to look afresh and celebrate the physical structure of the bodies we inhabit.



""[An Anatomie in Four Quarters] presents big ideas more tantalising than its beguilingly various components.""

Sunday Times

""Clod Ensemble's fascinating new work should blast away any memories of dull anatomy lessons. I'd advise any student of anatomy, or anyone interested in the functions of human physicality, to see this work""

The Guardian

""The beauty of Clod Ensemble’s promenade dance piece is that it manages to simultaneously be all about that theatre, all about theatre, all about the individual and all about the human race. It seems an impossibly grand achievement for a show lasting about an hour performed by fewer than 20 dancers, but it’s all very cleverly constructed, from the restricted audience of 200 to the final curtain fall ... As the huge stage doors are opened and we blinkingly exit, there is a feeling of having been involved in something with genuine meaning.""

Islington Tribune

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