The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady

Experience a new perspective on Mingus’ big band masterpiece The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady. In this kaleidoscopic film world-class dancers move to the wildly sensual, rhythmically explosive classic album, celebrating its beautiful melodies, complex structure and huge emotional range.

In 2020, Clod Ensemble and Nu Civilisation Orchestra were about to present a live dance celebration of ‘Black Saint’… plans changed. Instead, we kept ourselves sane by listening and moving to the music throughout lockdown – culminating in this unique and life affirming film set to the original recording performed by Charles Mingus and his band.

We’re pleased to announce free screenings of The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady, as part of EFG London Jazz Festival.

  • Stream the film online between 1-20 November 2022. Sign up to be reminded when it goes live.
  • Join us in person for a screening in the foyer of Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Thursday 17 November 2022 at 6.15pm, before Nu Civilisation Orchestra’s performance of Joni Mitchell’s Hejira and Mingus



Listen to The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady on Spotify here:

The making of this film was orginally supported by by Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, and by Hackney Council’s Shoreditch and Hoxton Arts Fund, created from a levy on developers to support arts and culture programmes that bring different communities together.


Images – Still from The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady. Performers Maëva Berthelot, Stephanie Antoine & Harry Alexander

Lead image – photography by Manuel Vason, design by Myriam Waldbillig. Performers: Peter Edwards and Monique Etienne.


The Listening Party was created by Clod Ensemble & Nu Civilisation Orchestra In association with Shoreditch Town Hall and EFG London Jazz Festival Film Production by Suzy Willson – Director Peter Edwards & Paul Clark – Music Directors Nick Hillel – Director of Filming & Editor Marianthi Hatzikidi – Stylist Roxanne Peak-Payne – Producer Movement created and performed by: Harry Alexander Makiko Aoyama Jonathon Baker Maëva Berthelot Gaby Conn Julie Cunningham Ihsaan de Banya Tylor Deyn Monique Etienne Valerie Ebuwa Yen-Ching Lin Eleanor Perry Rachele Rapisardi Ellen Yilma With local Hackney residents: Stephanie Antoine from Tropical Isles Armani Antoine-Daye Janette Collins Nahla Hamilton Porah Henry Tariq Lee Lisa Ogun Milan Morgan Shanelle Nwanaebi Ariah Pursey-Reid and Porridge the dog … and online contributions from: Zoë Bywater Sarah Cameron Tiffany Desplanques Scott Jennings Chihiro Kawasaki Ramona Nagabczyńska-de Barbaro Ino Riga Featuring designs from the collections of: Simone Rocha, Art School, Eudon Choi, and Slim Barrett Filmed at Shoreditch Town Hall and the Rose Lipman Building, Hackney Hosted by: Suzy Willson & Paul Clark, Artistic Directors for Clod Ensemble Peter Edwards, Music Director for Nu Civilisation Orchestra Gary Crosby, Artistic Director for Nu Civilisation Orchestra & Tomorrow’s Warriors Lisa Ogun, Local Engagement Representative Production team: Eric Trometer – Camera Operator and Lighting Benjamin Leggett – Camera Assistant Adam Smith – After Effects Duncan Birch – Post Production Assistant Martin Collins – Broadcast Unit Manager Andy Downie – Production Manager Kit Denison – Assistant Producer Tanya Stephenson – Stage Manager Pembe Tokluhan – Production and Technical Associate Beth Bilcliffe – Wardrobe Supervisor Developed and supported by the brilliant teams at Clod Ensemble and Tomorrow’s Warriors.