Zero was set to an original score played live by a band of acclaimed musicians and featured an explosive cast of performers.
Zero was 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.
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.
"Clark's score for Zero is an exhilarating bluesy collage, performed live with singer Hazel Holder and the veteran bluesman Johnny Mars."
"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."
"Probably the best thing I have ever seen."
"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."