“Clod Ensemble is one of those highly inventive and anarchic companies thrusting its way through traditional boundaries of drama.” The Guardian
Clod Ensemble make performance happen in many different contexts, unleashing the extraordinary potential of movement and music for a broad range of audiences and participants.
Led by Suzy Willson and Paul Clark, the company has been making compelling, critically acclaimed work since 1995. They have presented work in traditional theatre spaces, festivals, galleries and public spaces such as Trafalgar Square, Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler's Wells, South Bank Centre, Serralves Museum in Portugal, Public Theatre and La Mama in New York, and at festivals including London International Mime Festival, Festival of Firsts, Fierce Festival, Glasgay! and PSi (Arizona and London).
Clod Ensemble also creates projects and curates work in places where art does not usually or regularly happen. The ground-breaking Performing Medicine project uses the arts to help medical students and doctors gain skills relevant to their clinical practice (winner of the Times Higher Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts 2007)
In 2001 Louise broke her leg and Clod Ensemble was making a show called Kiss My Echo about doctor patient relationships and the crisis in the NHS. The show hit a nerve. Not only because of the visual precision amongst anarchy but because the music was completely stunning.
We then programmed Clod’s brilliant silent movie show Greed in the summer, in the main house at BAC. It was then Louise knew she’d like to work with these people; they had a curious sense of humour, an incredible attention to detail and an unerring respect for the audience. In 2005 Suzy and Paul asked us if we’d like to produce their work and there was no question.