BODIES OF KNOWLEDGE
The performers that Clod Ensemble works with are extraordinary artists with bodies of knowledge that extend well beyond the work of one company or choreographer.
They have embodied an incredible variety of movement languages – having worked with many choreographers and theatre makers including Pina Bausch, Jacques Lecoq, Hofesh Schecter, Liv Lorent, Wayne McGregor, Akram Khan, Lea Anderson, Holly Blakey and Clod Ensemble as well as creating their own work.
This online programme celebrates their range of experience, expertise and unique perspective.
They offer a range of morning sessions to start the day as well as workshops which combine writing, drawing and sculpture, origami and movement. The sessions are suitable for everyone, including people who may not consider themselves dancers.
The Spring Season will also feature regular Wednesday morning sessions with Associate Artist Angelika Grohmann – anchoring us as we head towards Spring and Summer.
Images – Stills from Clod Ensemble: Feast During the Plague [REDUX 2020/21]
MORNING MOVEMENT SESSIONS
These sessions are free to attend but registration is essential. If you are currently in paid employment and feel that you could afford to, please consider making a donation.
A gentle wake up meditation and workout connecting to groove and being present in your body.
Tuesdays 30 March & 6, 13 April | 9 – 9.30am
Scott Jennings: Movement Meditation
Wake up and sense your body through the breathing and guided movement sequences.
Thursdays 1, 8 & 15 April | 9 – 9.30am
Ellen Yilma: Pilates
A pilates-based session focusing on your breath, encouraging you to tune in to your body and its natural alignment
Tuesdays 20, 27 April & 4, 11 May | 9 – 9.30am
Tune into your relationship to inner and outer space, exploring sensations that movements bring.
Thursdays 22, 29 April & 6 May | 9 – 9.30am
Sarah Cameron: Form, Dynamism, Breath
Drawing, moving, breathing exercises that will help you to feel rooted and vital for the day ahead. Bring paper and/or charcoal pencils.
Fridays 23, 30 April & 7th May | 9 – 9.30am
Build strength, stamina and flexibility. This session begins gently, then flows into some high-intensity short bursts.
Thursdays 13, 20 May | 9 – 9.30am
Ino Riga: Grounding the Body, Connecting to Breath
Beginning with a warm-up, this session will include basic squats, stances and postures, to ground the body, bring focus and improve circulation
Tuesdays 18, 25 May & 1 June | 9 – 9.30am
This class will wake up your body through a combination of breathing, stretching and articulation exercises that will leave you awake and full of energy.
Tuesdays 8, 15 June | 9 – 9.30am
Angelika Grohmann: Yoga & Meditation
Focusing on restorative postures, breathing exercises and some basic meditation techniques.
Every Wednesday morning until 16 June | 9 – 9.30am
90 MINUTE ARTIST DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
Moving to Sense with Ihsaan De Banya.
Exploring and expressing our own physical truths through improvisation. 14 April.
Origami and Movement with Makiko Aoyama.
Exploring the art of origami as a stimulus for movement. 28 April.
Chapeau de Passion with Sarah Cameron.
Exploring how to manifest emotion in 3-dimensional form. 12 May.
Voice with Hazel Holder.
Breathing techniques that aim to help you calm the body and mind. 14 May.
Improvisation for One with Scott Jennings.
Exploring and expanding the way we think about the moving body and the space around us. 19 May.
Inside | Outside with Yen-Ching Lin.
Focusing on deepening our awareness, exploring inner and outer space. 25 May.
Instruction based micro-performance with Silvia Mercuriali.
Exploring the AUTOTEATRO performance strategy. 27 May.
ARTIST DEVELOPMENT COURSE
‘queer big brother in your bedroom but dance’ with Tylor Deyn.
A course for queer and non-binary people exploring the connection queerness can enable through shared movement practice. 8, 15, 22 April.
These events are part of Clod Ensemble’s artist development programme, Reboot, which connects and cross-pollinates creatives across disciplines – from the worlds of music, theatre, visual art, architecture and healthcare. We have been providing free professional development opportunities to artists for many years. During the pandemic, Reboot has gone online to provide additional support to artists through these challenging corona times. We aim to nurture a highly-skilled, diverse creative workforce and a strong, vibrant arts sector.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
SCOTT JENNINGS studied dance at BRIT School and London Contemporary Dance School. From 2012 – 2018 he was a member of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal and has worked with artists and choreographers including Lloyd Newson, Matthew Bourne, Maxine Doyle, Alexandra Waierstall and Suzy Willson (Clod Ensemble). Alongside performing, Scott regularly teaches classes and workshops and enjoys drawing and painting.
YEN-CHING LIN is a performer, artist. dancer and teacher working in movement, photography and video. Born in Taiwan, she studied at the Taipei National University of the Arts and at London Contemporary Dance School. She danced for Hofesh Schecther Company and Bern Ballet, before joining Akram Khan company as dancer and rehearsal director. She has also worked with Maresa von Stockert, Charles Linehan, Jonathan Lunn, Jan de Schynkel, and Didy Veldman, Theo Adams, and Liv Lorent.
TYLOR DEYN is a queer, POC, working class, musician and choreographer. They studied at Rambert and are currently an Associate Artist with Clod Ensemble and supported by Hackney Showrooms. They have choreographed music videos for Tirzah, Goldfrapp and Harvey Causon and collaborated with Reebok, Vivienne Westwood, Dazed, Nowness and Jools Holland. They work regularly with director and choreographer Holly Blakey, including ‘Cowpuncher My Ass’ at Southbank Centre and a film adaptation of Francis Bacon Triptych for the Francis Bacon Institute (2021).
SARAH CAMERON is a writer, performer and an artist. She trained at Chelsea School of Art and L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She’s worked with (amongst others) Tim Supple, Melly Still, the RSC, David Glass, Olivia Fuches, Jude Kelly, Lucy Baily at the ICA and Tim Crouch in The Oak Tree at the National Theatre; she’s created performance installations for The House of Fairytales, Supernova, Watch This Space (Architecture Foundation) & The Young Vic. Sarah has worked with Clod Ensemble for over 20 years; The Red Chair performed & written by Sarah, is published by Bloomsbury Publishing. Sarah is training to be a yoga teacher.
ELLEN YILMA is a dance artist and teacher and has performed and freelanced for various companies and choreographers; Richard Alston Dance Company, Clod Ensemble, Tavaziva, Akademi (in collaboration with Jose Agudo) and others.
INO RIGA is a freelance performing artist, dancer and teacher. She studied dance and yoga in Greece and the UK. Ino has worked with choreographers and directors including Ben Duke/Lost Dog, Mark Bruce, Hofesh Shechter, Wayne McGregor, Fabulous Beast and Clod Ensemble. She has collaborated for many years with visual artist Alice Anderson. She has taught dance, improvisation and yoga in different settings and has worked with people of different age groups and with different backgrounds.
MAKIKO AOYAMA is a Japanese born, London based movement artist and performance maker. Since graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Makiko has regularly collaborated with Lea Anderson, Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg and Clod Ensemble. She is currently creating a new immersive dance performance using origami for children under 5 and their families, with dance artist Takeshi Matsumoto. Origami has been part of her life from a young age and she is currently collaborating with dance artist Takeshi Matsumoto to create an immersive dance performance bringing together origami and movement
CHIHIRO KAWASAKI is a performer and dancer and has taught pilates, dance and martial arts for over 10 years. Born in Japan, Chihiro studied ballet in Kyoto and then at London Contemporary Dance School. She has worked with many companies including Clod Ensemble, Punchdrunk and Complicite. While recovering from a hip injury Chihiro became interested in how artists and performers practice self care, recovery and rehabilitation – an interest which now infuses all of her work.
IHSAAN DE BANYA was born in London and began dancing at The Place as part of its youth dance programs before studying at London Contemporary Dance School. Ihsaan danced with Richard Alston Dance Company for 5 years and in 2014 was commissioned to choreograph a new work for the company as part of a mixed bill. He has worked with many choreographers including Trisha Okenwa, Renaud Wiser, Bawren Tavaziva, James Wilton, James Cousins, with Clod Ensemble and Candoco. He can also be seen performing in music videos for artist such as Friendly Fires, Au/Ra and Asher Knight.
HAZEL HOLDER has worked as an actor and singer for over twenty years and has a Masters Degree in Voice and Dialect from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked as a performer and voice coach in UK and internationally including with The National Theatre, The Young Vic, The Royal Exchange and with Clod Ensemble. She has recently been working as a coach on Steve McQueen’s Small Axe (BBC) and The Power (Amazon).
SILVIA MECURIALI is a physical performer and maker who’s been working in theatre since 1998, creating events, site-specific installation, experimental theatre shows and immersive performances. She has worked as a performer in the UK and abroad with companies such as Shunt devising and performing in Tropicana for the National Theatre and Money; Clod Ensemble in Red Ladies, Under Glass and An Anatomie in Four Quarters; Vincent Dance Company in Underworld; and more recently Punchdrunk for Autumn, a 12hrs live stream for HBO’s TV series The Thirds Day.
Angelika is a yoga practitioner. Her first inspiration to become a yoga teacher came through bodywork with children with autism in Berlin. Her style is based on precision and alignment of the body, understanding how the body works, and giving freedom to the body’s natural flow of movement through body and breath awareness