The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady at Shoreditch Town Hall, 9th/10th November 2023

A poster for the performance 'The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady'.

Clod Ensemble and Nu Civilisation Orchestra present Charles Mingus’ ‘The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady’
9th and 10th November
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
Second performance part of the EFG London Jazz Festival

Limited early bird tickets available!

Join Clod Ensemble and Nu Civilisation Orchestra as we present a unique new perspective on Charles Mingus’ iconic 1963 recording ‘The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady’.

‘The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady’ is a seminal 20th century jazz composition and is still regularly cited as Mingus’ finest hour. Mingus always envisioned dance accompanying his provocative masterpiece. To honour that vision and to bring Mingus’ music to life for a new generation, we will fill Shoreditch Town Hall with sound and movement, transforming the Grade II-listed building into a vibrant cabaret venue in the year of the album’s sixtieth anniversary.

At once a thrilling night out and a chance to lose yourself in music and motion, ‘The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady’ will fill the cold London streets with summer heat. Clod Ensemble’s dancers will be joined by Nu Civilisation Orchestra, who will be led by Peter Edwards and feature Artistic Director Gary Crosby OBE on bass. Wallflowers, hip-shakers, Mingus buffs and music-lovers of all stripes are welcome to join us in this celebration of the sensuality and power of jazz.

And you have the opportunity to join in! With dancers, band and audience all sharing the floor, attendees have the opportunity to get up close to world class performers and lose themselves in dancing along with this rhythmically explosive work.

Lead image credits
Photography by Manuel Vason
Design by Miriam Waldbillig/Studio Frith