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Negotiating Space

This spring, we’re presenting an eclectic programme of talks and workshop to accompany our new production, On The High Road, focusing on how we inhabit space within our homes, families, cities, states, countries continents and on our stages.

The programme brings together artists, scientists, musicians, architects and thinkers to explore some of the research and thinking that underpins the production, as well as creating an opportunity for people to gain insight into the company’s creative process.
 

Alternate Languages
Royal Academy of Arts
Saturday 16 March 2019, full-day festival runs 11am – 7pm
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Alternate Languages: Confronting Boundaries invites a critique of our relationship with one another and with our spaces. In a day of free immersive spatial activations, artworks, performances, workshops and discussions in the Royal Academy, we explore isolation and connection, exclusion and generosity, and ask what unites us and divides us.

> Embodied Space: Movement Workshop
12pm – 1.30pm, free but booking required
Suzy Willson, director of CLOD ENSEMBLE, will take participants through a series of exercises drawing on the work of French theatre teacher Jacques Lecoq, to explore ways in which we use our bodies to affect our relationship to others and the spaces we inhabit.

> Seeking Refuge: Views of Displacement
3:30pm – 4:45pm, £10/£6
This event will be structured around three acts, that interrogate displacement and refuge across scales, spaces and geographies. We will ask how we seek refuge with and from one another; how displacement can allow us to better understand other communities; the stories from generations of lives lived on the road; and the implications for movement and migration for public space, art, design and architecture.

Instead of a traditional panel discussion, the lecture theatre itself will become the stage for experimenting with spatial dynamics. We will consider the effects of displacement, from personal movement to national migration. Come and be a part of this performative event together with Thomas McCarthy, Irish Traveller and singer; Suzy Willson, Artistic Director of CLOD ENSEMBLE; artist David Cotterrell; and architect Robert Mull.


 

Artistic Directors Q&As

In these discussions, Artistic Directors Suzy Willson and Paul Clark will talk about the themes and processes that underpin our latest show, On The High Road.

Thursday 25 April 2019
Pre-show Q&A, before the 7:30pm performance
Southbank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Free – Book tickets to the 7:30pm performance of On The High Road at Southbank Centre after this event.

Monday 20 May 2019
Post-show Q&A, after the 7:30pm performance
Oxford Playhouse
Free – Book tickets to the 7:30pm performance of On The High Road at Oxford Playhouse before this event.


 

 
Tate Exchange
Friday 14 June
More details to be announced
Free, booking required

For Tate Exchange, CLOD ENSEMBLE will draw on themes from our current production On The High Road, to explore the relationship between the way people move – within our own bodies, homes, places of work, states and continents. We will also investigate collective movement – inspired by the teaching of Jacques Lecoq and the paintings of Breughel and Bosch, as well as work in the Tate Modern collection.
 

Storytelling and Music workshop
Taking place throughout April – June.

Ballad traditions are the place where storytelling and music meet. On The High Road features three singers who have different backgrounds and singing styles, including folk, cabaret & classical. The songs in On The High Road deal with stories of travel and change, with tales of people moving home and meeting new people on their journey. As well as learning songs as a group, participants in this workshop will learn to write their own songs or adapt existing tunes to their own lyrics.

This workshop is led by award-winning Irish singer Thomas McCarthy, recipient of the Singer of the Year at the 2019 Irish Traditional Music Awards (Gradam Ceoil). He was described by the judges as “one of the most exciting and moving voices singing today…an ambassador for traveller singing.”

To book the workshop for your group, please email Assistant Producer Kit Denison – kit@clodensemble.com
 

PAST EVENTS

Architecture Embodied
Thursday 21 February 2019, 7pm – 8:30pm
Wellcome Collection, London
Free – more information

How do the buildings we occupy affect how we move and how we feel? This practical workshop will use the Wellcome Collection building as a starting-point to explore the relationship between our bodies, movement and space.