For over two decades, director Suzy Willson and composer Paul Clark have developed a highly original performance language, creating provocative, finely crafted work, ambitious in scale and concept.
CLOD ENSEMBLE works at the intersection of different forms and disciplines – at the point where they meet, transform and challenge each other to become something new.
We work with dancers, actors, musicians, medics, architects and orchestras.
Our work is presented in London, across the UK and internationally in theatres, dance houses, galleries and public spaces including Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern, The Lowry, Wales Millennium Centre, Serralves Museum Porto and Public Theater New York.
Lucy Davies [Chair]
Lucy is Chair of Trustees for CLOD ENSEMBLE. She became Executive Producer at the Royal Court in April 2013 and was previously the founding Executive Producer at National Theatre Wales. She launched NTW in 2009 with Artistic Director John McGrath, and subsequently produced the first three years of work. Previously, Lucy was Executive Producer at the Donmar Warehouse and Head of Studio at the National Theatre under Nicholas Hytner. Lucy was Literary Manager at the Donmar Warehouse in the 90s, where she produced an annual season of new plays, and left for a five year stint in the film industry, commissioning, developing and working on feature films. Lucy is the current Chair of London Theatre Consortium.
James St. Ville
Barrister, James St Ville was called to the Bar in 1995. At Gray’s Inn, he was awarded the Bird & Bird Award for Intellectual Property, the Moot Society Prize and the Prince of Wales Award. At St. John’s College Cambridge, he was a Morton Scholar and awarded 1st Class Honours in Engineering, Sir Joseph Larmor’s Plate, the St.John’s College Prize and the University IEE Institution Prize. He is recommended as a Leading Junior in Information Technology and Intellectual Property by Chambers UK and by Legal Experts and is a chartered engineer with commercial experience of electronics, optical communications and engineering.
Abi is the Finance Director in the senior management team at Curve Theatre, Leicester. Curve is a major producing theatre and registered charity managed by Leicester Theatre Trust, providing engaging world- class theatrical experiences for the local community. Prior to this, Abi was the head of Finance for Leicester Theatre Ltd. managing the finance team, and all aspects of financial functions within the business.
Caroline is a freelance Arts Consultant, having worked for a number of Theatre companies and venues over the past 25 years. Prior to her freelance consultancy, Caroline was the Director of Headlong Theatre and Boundless Theatre, and secretary at the Young Vic and Gate Theatre. Alongside her consultancy, Caroline is a trustee of The Special Yoga Centre and Headlong Theatre.
Bia is a Senior Producer at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, and an Associate Producer at Akram Khan Company, working with several other Associate and Resident Artists. Sadler’s Wells is a world leader in contemporary dance presenting a vibrant, diverse year-round programme of dance. Bringing the best of international and British dance to audiences at three theatres in London, Bia works towards producing new works to bring the very best dance to London and worldwide audiences at Sadler’s Wells.
As Artistic Director of Apples and Snakes, Lisa leads on developing the organisation’s artistic strategy as well as delivering the creative programme of events, artist development and participation projects. She is also responsible for commissioning, producing and touring work. Lisa has worked at Apples and Snakes as a freelancer on various projects since 1998 and full-time since 2004. Lisa has worked with artists since 1994 developing cross art-form projects which engage people in surprising arts work and events, in all kinds of settings.
Current Director of Development and Enterprises, Amanda leads a team of 37 fundraisers that are responsible for 28,000 key business, funder and advocacy relationships at the Royal Opera House. ROH is home to two of the world’s greatest artistic companies, The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, performing with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Amanda is amongst the teaching staff of the Master in Performing Arts Management programme in Milan, established by Accademia Teatro alla Scala.
Over 21 years, Suzy Willson has created an extraordinary body of work that has pushed the boundaries of choreographic practice. After training with legendary theatre and movement teacher Jacques Lecoq in Paris she created CLOD ENSEMBLE with composer Paul Clark, creating award-winning, movement- based performance work which ‘defies categorisation’. Her work is provocative, uncompromising and finely crafted – ambitious in scale and concept – shown in art galleries, theatres, dance houses and public spaces in the UK and internationally.
From the choral lament Silver Swan in Tate Modern’s vast Turbine Hall, to Red Ladies – performed across an entire city (complete with helicopter, stretch limousine and owl) – to An Anatomie – dissecting Sadler’s Wells auditorium and stage – Suzy’s work has always encouraged people to see familiar spaces from a new perspective. She has inspired a generation of artists and choreographers who want to make interdisciplinary work and has created a powerful platform for artist development.
Suzy’s work in the area of movement and medicine is pioneering. The Performing Medicine programme encourages people working in healthcare to appreciate the choreographic, non-verbal and spatial dimensions of care as well as inviting the general public to consider themes at the heart of 21st century medicine. She is an Honorary Professor at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Suzy is powerful advocate for the importance of dance, movement and choreography in our culture and an articulate spokeswoman for its potential to change the way we think about our bodies and how they move in relation to the contexts and spaces we inhabit. She is a regular contributor to journals and books on both performance and medicine – with articles in Dance Theatre, The Guardian, The Lancet, Performance Research, Routledge and Methuen edited collections, and has been interviewed on BBC Radio, More4 News and Sky Sports after a project with footballers at Cardiff FC.
Paul is co-artistic director of CLOD ENSEMBLE and has written critically acclaimed original scores for all the company’s productions to date – ranging from totally acoustic works, to multi speaker installations. Each score is a bespoke piece that is in a dialogue with the visual material; Silver Swan is an acapella piece for seven classical singers; Under Glass is an entirely recorded surround-sound installation; whilst An Anatomie counterpoints electronics, live orchestral music and a rock band.
As a leading composer on the British theatre scene, Paul has written dozens of scores for theatre in the UK and internationally. He has written music for and with a hugely diverse range of musicians from Manchester Camerata and Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik; to Dangermouse, the Welsh National Opera male chorus and Mark E Smith (The Fall).
Paul has a long-standing collaboration with theatre and opera director Katie Mitchell for whom he has written over twenty scores in theatres across Europe, including Waves and Wunschkonzert, and with Gare St Lazare with whom he created Here All Night (Lincoln Center, New York, Brighton Festival, The Abbey, Dublin) an acclaimed words and music piece using texts by Samuel Beckett.
In TV and film, he has collaborated with Simon Amstell, French auteur Arnaud Desplechin, award winning Anglo Irish Director John Michael McDonagh and written scores for David Sedaris audio books. Other works include The Weather Man (Opera North) and Liebeslied/My Suicides, a collaboration with photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg (ICA/Genesis Foundation), gallery installations (ICA, Ceri Hands) museum installations (V&A) and one-off events (e.g. 500th anniversary of Hampton Court video/firework event).
Paul is a powerful advocate for the access of young people to live music and leads CLOD ENSEMBLE’s inspirational project for A Level music students, Living Room Music.