Clod Ensemble is one of the UK’s most prominent interdisciplinary performance companies. Music is deeply embedded in all the works in the company’s repertoire. Based in London, over 20 years the company has created an extraordinary body of work led by Artistic Directors Suzy Willson and Paul Clark. Their work is presented in exceptional venues across the UK and internationally, including Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern, Public Theater New York and Serralves Museum Porto.
Paul is a leading composer on the British performance scene. His music has reached a range of international audiences at venues such as Lincoln Center New York, Vienna Burgtheater, Berlin Schaubühne and Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg, through collaborations with Gare St Lazare Ireland and director Katie Mitchell.
Clod Ensemble has a repertoire of critically acclaimed work, each production with its own distinctive musical and visual identity: Under Glass was written for multi-speaker electronic score and nine performers in glass cases, Silver Swan's score is based on two 17th-century melodies and is performed by seven unaccompanied classical singers, An Anatomie in Four Quarters features a cast of 38 musicians, actors and dancers, with an electro-acoustic score, and Zero has an onstage avant blues band and 11 dancers.
Recently, the company has embarked on a new music collaboration with OENM in Salzburg. This Is My Room will be a promenade installation concert piece for a quintet, with live electronics and curated spoken word samples.
The company is keen to further develop audiences and build partnerships in Europe and internationally.
“What makes Clod Ensemble so special and valuable as a company is the way the music and movement is so deeply integrated. Even the word 'integrated' probably gives the wrong impression. The choreography isn’t responding to the music and the music isn’t placed on top of the movement. The two have been developed side by side and you can’t imagine one without another.” — Exeunt Magazine