Zero is set to an original score played live by a band of acclaimed musicians and featuring an explosive cast of performers.
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.
"Clark's score for Zero is an exhilarating bluesy collage, performed live with singer Hazel Holder and the veteran bluesman Johnny Mars." The Guardian
"Willson's eye for the power of breaking established movement patterns is revelatory. Her performers create their own visual language onstage: tough, savvy, a combination of classical rigour and popular culture irony and playfulness... Singers Johnny Mars and Hazel Holder provide stunning vocal accompaniment to a five-piece band performing catchy, compelling songs and thrilling music throughout. A recorded soundtrack of radio voices splices snippets of interviews with people about love, loss, conflict and politics, making this as much an auditory as a visual experience." The Stage
"Probably the best thing I have ever seen." Mayfest Diaries
"Beautifully but sparingly lit, this is dance theatre with real power and a clear story to tell. Seldom does modern dance have so clear a narrative that lifts this from simply being an exercise in disciplined athleticism to real theatre." The Latest
Twitter response to Zero:
"One of the most perfect things I've seen."
"Sexy as hell" "A seductive, anarchic & brilliant show."
"Funky, punchy and crackles with invention"
"That was AMAZING - best thing in the festival."
"Fed up with dance performed to pre-recorded music? See Clod Ensemble's Zero w/ extraordinary live 21c blues band"
"Rare for me to watch a show, then want to walk in and see it all again. Simply loved Clod Ensemble's Zero #BF2013"
Watch a film about the music in the piece here:
Listen to an interview with performer Johnny Mars on Radio 4’s Midweek here (Johnny starts approx at 24m22s): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s8mnl
Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and Brighton Festival in partnership with South East Dance. Research supported by Jerwood Studio at Sadler's Wells and Shoreditch Town Hall. Funded by the Leche Trust, The Hinrichsen Foundation and PRSF. Clod Ensemble is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.