“It is through this theatrical vision that we see how easily we are blinded by words”The Times
Although each Clod Ensemble's production is very different at the heart of each piece is a distinctive aesthetic driven by a close relationship between movement and music. We are interested in theatre as a poetic medium - framing, magnifying and grappling with big themes through the observation of small everyday moments and brief encounters.
Our pieces range from seven minute sketches to full length productions, with casts as small as two and as large as 38 performers, for spaces large and small, with spoken text or no words at all.
We collaborate with brilliant performers, artists and musicians from very different backgrounds.
Recent productions include Under Glass (Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Visual/Physical Theatre in 2009) which takes place in a series of glass containers and jars, Red Ladies a chorus piece for 18 identically dressed women, and Must a collaboration with legendary New York performer Peggy Shaw.
We have performed our work in traditional theatre spaces, festivals, galleries and public spaces such as Trafalgar Square, Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadlers Wells, South Bank Centre, Serralves Museum in Portugal, Public Theatre and La Mama in New York, and at festivals including London International Mime Festival, Festival of Firsts, Fierce Festival,Glasgay!, Psi (Arizona and London).
"Brilliantly intense, funny, thrilling theatre
which defies simple classification"
"A refreshing reinvention of the interplay between
music and action on stage."
"... on stage musicians become part of the drama
so often the boast and rarely the achievement of music theatre."
© Clod Ensemble 2013