• Clod Ensemble residency


Ahead of performances of their brilliant Under Glass, Clod Ensemble are resident at the Wales Millennium Centre for the second week of Cardiff Dance Festival.

Taking place over the week

Open Studio: Placebo

Friday 17 November, 4.30pm
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre


In this Open Studio event, Clod Ensemble will be sharing some of the work they have begun to create over their week of research and development on a new project.

The 'placebo effect', despite being an age-old tool for practicing medics, has only recently become the subject of serious scientific enquiry. But does placebo have a deeper relationship to our cultural debates? We want to begin to consider what it means to ‘perform’ symptoms. How does the idea of power feed into this debate? 

How radically can our bodies and minds be changed by others?

Tickets are free. Please email kit@clodensemble.com if you are interested in attending.

Reboot: Moving Music

Saturday 18 November 2017, 10am — 5pm
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre


For over 20 years, Suzy Willson and Paul Clark, artistic directors of Clod Ensemble, have collaborated to create a unique body of performance work which blends original music and movement.

In this day-long workshop, Suzy and Paul will share some of the principles that underpin their work and some exercises which explore the relationship between movement and music. In theatre, dance, opera and film music is used in myriad ways - to heighten intensity, to emotionally manipulate, as wallpaper, or to be the structure of the piece. In this session, which features music by Bach, Carl Stalling, Miles Davis, Purcell, Ray Charles, Stravinsky and music from some of Clod Ensemble’s recent shows, we explore how what we see is fundamentally affected by what we hear.

Reboot: Moving Music is part of Clod Ensemble’s free to attend artist development programme. If you are interested in taking part, please send your CV and an expression of interest to reboot@clodensemble.com by 10am on Monday 6 November.

Workshop: Drafted in Movement

Saturday 18 November 2017, 1pm — 3pm
Ten Feet Tall, £6 (£4)

Blending art and anatomy, physiotherapy and dance, this life drawing session puts the human body, and the way it moves, on display. Artist and teacher Dan Whiteston partners with a physiotherapist and a dancer to lead this unique event. Beginners and seasoned sketchers alike will gain a new understanding of artistic and physiological viewpoints, witnessing up close the extraordinary possibilities of bodies trained for strength and flexibility.

Under Glass runs from 22 to 25 November in the Weston Studio at Wales Millennium Centre. Click here to find out more and book tickets.

'The quality of the performance is astonishing and unforgettable.'
★★★★ The Scotsman
'Inventive, brilliant, and beautifully haunting'
★★★★★ What's On

Supported by Wellcome and Arts Council England