I attended the Red ladies performance in the Purcell Room, 16 July 2014 and made this short video of the fab and quirky experience...I've used snippets of Paul Clark's music in my film...
"An undisclosed number of identically dressed women infiltrate the city with a series of mysterious, visually arresting interventions before rendezvousing in Purcell Room to perform their 'theatrical demonstration' in five movements.
They place world events – war, floods, migration – in the context of the everyday: they knit, they eat, they wait. Their movements echo the patterns of a flock of birds, a herd of bison, a swarm of bees.
Performed to an original score, featuring live drums and violin, Red Ladies is about connectivity, identity, community, complexity, transformation and love. A poetic investigation into the ways human beings and other animals behave when in groups."
Led by choreographer/director Suzy Willson and composer Paul Clark, Clod Ensemble 'are a shape-shifting, genre-straddling, media-mixing, experimental, experiential project-based performance group.' (The Guardian)
"By far the most infectious of their projects to date, The Clod Ensemble have amassed no less than 22 of London finest female performance artists for an epic and spectacular study of crown phenomena." Kultureflash
"A postmodern mosaic ... against the absurdist soundscape, the ladies metamorphose into jazz players, '50s housewives, acrobats, deportment students ... constantly hinting at the potential anarchy in their uniformity." Time Out
"They lent an enigmatic thrill to the grey city streets ... breathing life into London's East End" Metro
Clod Ensemble makes performance happen in many different contexts, unleashing the extraordinary potential of movement and music for a broad range of audiences and participants.
“A company with the scent and texture of a distinctive musical and theatrical language firmly in its grasp.” Time Out
Founded in 1995 by Artistic Directors Paul Clark and Suzy Willson, the company creates performance projects, workshops and events across the UK and internationally. Recent productions include Under Glass which takes place in a series of glass containers and jars (Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Visual/Physical Theatre in 2009), Red Ladies a chorus piece for 18 identically dressed women, and Must a collaboration with legendary New York performer Peggy Shaw.
We have performed our 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!, Psi (Arizona and London).
We also create projects and curate 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); and Extravagant Acts for Mature People gives senior citizens at daycare centres in London the opportunity to enjoy internationally acclaimed musicians and performers
We collaborate with artists working in a wide range of media (theatre, performance, music, visual art, photography, film and poetry) and our performances are produced in association with Fuel.
“The Clod epitomise all that is best in devised and visual theatre – pure inspiration shot through with sheer imagination and verve” What’s On
SUZY WILLSON Artistic Director
Graduated from Manchester University before studying with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. On her return she co-founded Clod Ensemble and has directed all of their productions to date. She teaches drama and movement to students, actors, musicians and leads the company's Performing Medicine project. She is currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has worked as a movement director on productions at the Gate, Soho Theatre, BAC, with film director Arnaud Desplechin, performance poet Malaika B, and Jessica Ogden for London Fashion week.
PAUL CLARK Artistic Director/Composer
Paul has written original scores for all the company's productions to date. He has also written four chamber operas including The Weather Man (Opera North 2004-9) and liebeslied/my suicides (ICA/Genesis Foundation 2004). He has written dozens of scores for theatre, from the fringe to the National Theatre, in the UK and internationally for directors including Katie Mitchell, David Farr, Lois Weaver and Judy Hegarty Lovett.
He has also written for film and TV, for directors including Arnaud Desplechin and Emily Young and collaborated with a huge range of musicians from Dangermouse to Mark E Smith. Awards include an Arts Foundation fellowship in 1999.