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CLOD ENSEMBLE is an internationally renowned performance company delivering an award-winning artistic programme with public engagement at its heart. Through music, movement and performance Clod Ensemble connects people to themselves, to each other, to their communities and to their environment.

For over 27 years, led by artists Suzy Willson and Paul Clark, we have have created an extraordinary body of interdisciplinary artistic work that pushes the boundaries of choreographic, music & theatre practice. Our work aims to nourish creativity, champion health, wellbeing and social justice, and challenge siloed thinking. Our core team work from our studios in the Design District on Greenwich Peninsula, and we work with a wide range of freelance artists on each project.

Each production has a unique visual identity and distinctive musical score. Highlights include Silver Swan, featuring a choir of seven unaccompanied singers; Under Glass, where performers are contained within glass cases, from a jam jar to a test tube; An Anatomie in Four Quarters in which the audience cut a path through the auditorium of a large theatre and Red Ladies, a chorus of identically dressed women who transform, celebrate and interrupt the familiar streets of a city.

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.

 

 

Our approach to performance making embraces difference and ambiguity, allowing us to work with complex ideas in complex systems. Each of our projects upholds movement, music and visual languages as vital ways of knowing, learning, and communicating.

We offer a wide-reaching programme of education and participation projects in schools, higher education institutions and NHS Trusts. These different areas of our work overlap, creating fertile ground for dialogue, debate and collaboration.

We offer a rich programme of talent development, developing the next generation of music, dance and interdisciplinary artists. Through learning programmes we inspire young people through music and movement in formal education settings and beyond.

Performing Medicine is our award-winning, sector-leading initiative, primarily focused on the education and wellbeing of healthcare workers – developing their skills through creative practice so they can build healthier, respectful, caring, creative communities.

 

 

Our new studio home has opened up opportunities for further development. In our work up until 2026, Clod Ensemble will

  • Create work hyper-locally that will cascade outwards to national and international audiences – exchanging ideas, music & movement.
  • Celebrate everyday creativity and cross-sector collaboration from our base on Greenwich Peninsula, creating feedback loops and virtuous cycles across our life affirming programmes.
  • Operate a dynamic new way of working from our studios: offering free space to artists, responding quickly to opportunities to work with new partners and stage our own events.
  • Support a new generation of cultural leaders from diverse backgrounds through our professional development programmes.
  • Celebrate our work over three decades by making our archive accessible to a new generation of young people with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For latest developments in our programmes, see announcements on our home page and by consulting our listings.

 

Image credits: both Hugo Glendinning




The Team

Suzy Willson
Artistic Director

Joël Cottrell
General Manager (Maternity Cover)

Paul Clark
Artistic Director

Roxanne Peak-Payne
Executive Producer

Catherine Peters
Executive Producer (Performing Medicine)

Louise Blackwell
Associate Producer

Olivia Amory
Head of Operations and Finance

Fred Mikardo-Greaves
Head of Communications

Claire Cunningham
Learning and Talent Development Producer

Shjodi Ison
Apprentice Digital Content Creator

Carly Annable-Coop
Programme Manager (Performing Medicine)

Eliz Hassan
Research & Projects Manager (Performing Medicine)

Trustees

Anna Woolf, London Arts and Health, Director

Anna has lived experience of birth trauma and has worked with UCH maternity (2018) Tea and Toast: Poems for New Mums, Maternal Journal Maternal Journal (2021) and The Mum Poem Press (2021) Songs of Love and Strength exploring this topic. Anna is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Royal Society of Public Health. She is a trustee for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society which was founded by her own Mother who has RA, 21 years ago as a patient-led charity, supporting people living with Arthritis.

Anna is also currently doing a part-time PhD at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and her project is in collaboration with young people who are experiencing invisible chronic illness.
At London Arts and Health, Anna has driven content and ideas around cultural social prescribing, practitioner care and networking with key stakeholders in Creative Health across London. Anna authored the Cultural Social Prescribing Myth Buster, co-chairs the London Action on Creative Health stakeholder group and runs initiatives such as the Digital Sandpit for LAH.

 

George Heyworth, Bourgeois & Maurice, Co-Founder

Writer and performer George Heyworth is the Bourgeois half of acclaimed music-satire duo Bourgeois & Maurice. Born from the alternative cabaret and clubland scene of mid-00s London, Bourgeois & Maurice have gone on to tour the world with their brand of highly acerbic, ultra-contemporary cabaret. George’s other performing credits include Clod Ensemble’s On the High Road (UK tour, 2019) and Henry Fry’s First Time For Everything (Hachette audiobooks, 2022). As a writer he has been commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe, Birmingham Rep, BBC Radio 3 and HOME Manchester.

 

James St Ville, IP Lawyer, 8 New Square

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.  

 

Fatimah Awan, Research Manager, King’s College London

Fatimah Awan is currently Research Manager at King’s College London. Prior to this she worked at a number of higher education institutions in research management roles, including the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal College of Art and Queen Mary University of London. Fatimah also held academic positions and was a Research Fellow in Media Users and Creative Methodologies at the University of Westminster, London, and taught media and cultural studies for a number of years at Southampton Solent University. She has a PhD from Bournemouth University, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA).  

 

Bia Oliveira, Head of Producing & Touring, Sadler’s Wells

Originally from Brazil, Bia Oliveira has been involved with performance for over 25 years as a performer, producer and director, working mainly internationally. In the last 15 years Bia has focused on the production, touring, management and administration of arts projects, working across the spectrum of theatre, visual arts, dance, live art and performance. Head of Producing and Touring at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, Bia leads on the touring of Sadler’s Wells productions, working alongside Artistic Director & CEO Alistair Spalding and Executive Producer Suzanne Walker on securing co-production partnerships. Bia also produces some of Sadler’s Wells higher profile productions, documentaries, digital projects and installations. Bia is currently working with Tanssin Talo, Finland’s first house dedicated to dance to open in Helsinki, at the end of 2021. Bia is an advisor on Tanssin Talo’s SPARKS project, working with a group of artists moving from mid to large-scale stages.  

 

Amanda Saunders, Director of Development & Enterprises, Royal Opera House

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.  

 

Jenny Mollica, Director of English National Opera Baylis

Jenny is the Director of Strategy and Learning & Participation at the ENO, where she is responsible for leading the ENO’s learning and participation programme and for developing organisational strategy. Since joining the ENO in June 2020 Jenny has developed a range of new programmes and initiatives, including the award winning ENO Breathe, an arts and health collaboration with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust that aims to provide crucial support for people recovering from Covid-19. The programme now works with over 30 NHS Trusts across the country, and has received widespread press and media coverage from both across the UK and globally. Prior to this, Jenny was Director of Creative Learning at the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she worked for just over a decade on a range of participatory arts programmes across visual arts, theatre, dance, film, music and literature. Highlights in her time there include the flagship schools programme, Barbican Box; launching the London training centre for the world’s first disabled-led youth orchestra, the National Open Youth Orchestra, in partnership with Open Up Music; and a National Creative Learning Award for the department’s three-year partnership with The Garden School in Hackney, a school for learners with autism. Jenny trained at postgraduate level as both an artist and educator.

She has a Masters (Distinction) in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University and the Russian Institute of Theatre Art (GITIS), a PGCE from the University of Greenwich and an MA (Hons) from the University of St Andrews. She is a trustee on the Board of the Clod Ensemble.  

 

Mike Wright, Innovation Business Partner, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

Mike is Head of Innovation at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, leading the CW Innovation, a collaboration between the trust and CW+. He works collaboratively with the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator to support the widespread adoption of innovation across the NHS with the aim of putting them into the hands of patients and staff more quickly. Prior to his current role, Mike was Programme Director for long-term conditions at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, building new approaches to tackling the social determinants of ill-health.

Prior to that he was Head of Health Investment, leading the establishment of the NHS’s first Investment Fund (the Bright Ideas Fund), Health Foundry, one of the UK’s first dedicated digital health co-working spaces, and investing in Europe’s first digital health accelerator, Healthbox. Mike has supported the development of innovation programmes within public sector organisations since 2001 including at the Centre for Applied Microbiological Research, the Harwell Research Centre, and Culham Fusion.

 

Franklyn Sweeney, Arts Project Manager, freelance

Frank is a dedicated arts project manager and committed social change activist with over 20 year’s experience working at senior management and board level in the voluntary and community sector.

He is the Operations Manager for the World Cities Culture Forum; a Mentor and Assessor for CLOCK Your Skills; Co-Director of Margate Carnival; Trustee of The Show Crib youth charity; Director of GB Carnival, Advisor to the Federation of Latin American Artists and Groups and co-producer of the NATYS:  New Acts of The Year comedy showcase, and, with Hear Me Out Music, Voices to the World

His recent work includes:  Creative Producer for Bernie Grant Arts Centre; Programme Director professional development programmes: Generation Uncovered and Soho Theatre’s New Comedy Promoters (2021/22); Producer for Carnival Arts projects: Wiphala Pride (2020); and Go Wild, the Socially Distant Doorstep Carnival (2020 & 21); Producer for Hearticulate and Facemasks Pioneers, grassroots community arts and public health awareness projects. 

For his MA in Creative Industries Futures and Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice Award, Frank is researching the Caribbean Carnival artform, Junkanoo, and the folklore and legends which travelled to the slave plantations during the genocide of African people in the 17th & 18th centuries.

Suzy Willson

Over 25 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 Professor of Movement, Arts & Medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. 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 Clark

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 Spring 2019 Paul composed the score for Norma Jeane Baker of Troy featuring Renee Fleming and Ben Wishaw, as part the inaugural season at The Shed, New York. 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 music creators, Ear Opener.

Suzy Willson

Over 27 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 Professor of Movement, Arts & Medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. 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 Clark

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 Spring 2019 Paul composed the score for Norma Jeane Baker of Troy featuring Renee Fleming and Ben Wishaw, as part the inaugural season at The Shed, New York. 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 music creators, Ear Opener.


Suzy Willson
Artistic Director

Over 27 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 Professor of Movement, Arts & Medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

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.

Joël Cottrell

Joël Cottrell
General Manager (Maternity Cover)

Joël is General Manager (Maternity Cover) until early summer of 2024.

Joël is an experienced arts administrator/manager and has worked with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Luca Silvestini’s Protein, Pavilion Dance South West and Sadler’s Wells. He studied clown in France and English at the University of Sussex. Joël has produced tours, festivals and site-specific work at different scales.


Paul Clark
Artistic Director

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 Spring 2019 Paul composed the score for Norma Jeane Baker of Troy featuring Renee Fleming and Ben Wishaw, as part the inaugural season at The Shed, New York.

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 music creators, Ear Opener.


Roxanne Peak-Payne
Executive Producer

Roxanne is Executive Producer, working with the Artistic Directors to shape and deliver Clod Ensemble’s artistic programme, across live performances, public events and participation. She leads on the strategic development of new partnerships and projects. She studied Drama & Theatre Arts at University of Birmingham.

Roxanne has worked across the live arts sector creating bold, impactful cultural programmes in venues, producing organisations and with independent artists including Fuel, The Old Vic, Tobacco Factory, Battersea Arts Centre, OperaUpClose, Theatre Royal Plymouth, 14-18 NOW.


Catherine Peters
Executive Producer (Performing Medicine)

Catherine Peters is the Executive Producer for Performing Medicine. She is responsible for Performing Medicine’s strategic vision. Catherine enjoys building partnerships and arts-based solutions which respond to workforce needs, health inequalities and cross-sector professional development.

A Modern Languages graduate (BA Hons/MA Oxon), Catherine was awarded a European bursary to study at the National Film & Television School’s Short Course Unit. Over the following ten years, Catherine went on to develop, produce and direct a wide range of broadcast and arts-funded films.

In 2007, Catherine founded an in-house film unit at EdComs, a leading educational communications agency. Work focused largely on young people’s health, curiosity and learning and was created for clients such as Wellcome, Public Health England, Sport England and the British Council. As Head of Film, Catherine led the team to win the prestigious ‘Evcom Production Company of the Year Award’ in 2015.


Louise Blackwell
Associate Producer


Olivia Amory
Head of Operations and Finance

Olivia Amory studied English at Bristol University before starting her career in arts administration. She has worked for the Independent Theatre Council (ITC), World Stages London, The Print Room and Shakespeare School Festival. She worked as an independent producer before joining Clod Ensemble in 2017 as General Manager. She is now Head of Operations and Finance.


Fred Mikardo-Greaves
Head of Communications

Fred joined Clod Ensemble in 2022 as Head of Communications. Prior to joining Clod Ensemble he spent several years working for the online record shop and music website Norman Records, first as a writer and subsequently as Features Editor. In a freelance capacity he has written about music, art and culture for publications including Vice, Bandcamp Daily, Bleep and Novara Media, and has worked with the Youth Music charity and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Fred is also a musician and performer who has toured nationally and internationally. Through his projects ZoZo and M-G Dysfunction he has shared the stage with acts including The Bug, Micachu & the Shapes, Melt Yourself Down, Divide & Dissolve and Marie Davidson. His music has been covered by publications including the Guardian, the New Musical Express and Loud & Quiet.

Between 2014 and 2022 he was a member of the Leeds-based co-operatively run music venue and rehearsal space Chunk, serving on Chunk’s management committee between 2020 and 2022.


Claire Cunningham
Learning and Talent Development Producer

Claire has worked in the dance sector for over 25 years – firstly as a dancer and rehearsal director for Wayne Mcgregor, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Theatre-Rites and Clod Ensemble, amongst others. She then crossed over into producing and programming for Agudo Dance Company, Akram Khan Company, Nottingham Lakeside Arts and Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

She maintains a teaching practise and has made a significant contribution to health and wellbeing for dancers in company, studio and higher education settings.

Claire joined Clod Ensemble in 2022, as Learning & Participation Producer, to develop the innovative Reboot, Ear Opener, and Clod Intensive programmes. She looks forward to supporting many artists and young people in various areas of their professional development.


Shjodi Ison
Apprentice Digital Content Creator

Shjodi joins us as the Apprentice Digital Creator & Platform Coordinator.

Having completed her years at Big Creative Academy in London, she aims to apply all that she has learnt, bringing new and original ideas to the world of content creation. In addition to creating content, Shjodi looks forward to learning more about Clod Ensemble’s archive and how she can play a role in its early stages of development.

Shjodi will be working with Clod Ensemble until the end of 2024 alongside apprenticeship provider Ginger Nut. By the end of the apprenticeship, Shjodi aims to have a well-rounded knowledge of communications and be on the way to creating professional material of her own.


Carly Annable-Coop
Programme Manager (Performing Medicine)

Carly joined Performing Medicine in 2016 as Programme Manager and Associate Artist. She is involved in planning, designing and facilitating arts-based training for healthcare professionals and medical students working with a team of Associate Artists.

She has over 20 years’ experience in the dance sector of pioneering and leading participatory dance interventions with marginalised groups with a focus on transformation including working extensively in criminal justice and mental health both in the UK and Internationally. Carly is interested in the impact of the arts in improving people’s lives, health and wellbeing.


Eliz Hassan
Research & Projects Manager (Performing Medicine)

Eliz is Research & Projects Manager at Performing Medicine. She studied Psychology (BSc) at Reading University and Global Health & Social Justice (MSc) at King’s College London. Previously working in Market Research and as a Research Assistant at King’s, Eliz has a strong research background and an interest in Global Mental Health, a field in which she has contributed to several published journal articles.