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This autumn marks the return of one of Clod Ensemble's most iconic works, a distinctive promenade production which sits somewhere between immersive installation and staged performance.
Originally commissioned by Sadler's Wells, Under Glass has been described as a cross between a museum exhibit and a medical laboratory.
Winner of the 2009 Total Theatre Award for Physical and Visual Theatre, Under Glass sees Clod Ensemble co-founders, director Suzy Willson and composer Paul Clark collaborate with Ted Hughes award-winning poet Alice Oswald, whose specially commissioned text is woven into the fabric of the score.
Audiences encounter a series of seven glass containers holding eight performers.
The performers appear almost as specimens; a woman in a jam jar, a couple negotiating their space in a bed-like Petri dish, a shy 'wallflower' pinned behind a glass panel, a man clock-watching in his office, a woman on the phone in a test tube observing the disintegration of village life.
Sound and light work together to guide the audience throughout the space, sometimes coming within inches of the performers - witnessing their moments of solitude exquisitely framed from dozens of different perspectives.
Clod Ensemble's productions often evolve over many years - this incarnation of Under Glass reworks both music and movement and sees new performers re-imagine each vessel and container.
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London E8 2BT
Performance days & times
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm, 9‑00pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm, 9‑00pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm, 9‑00pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm, 9‑00pm
Angela de Castro
Director: Suzy Willson
Designer: Sarah Blenkinsop
Lighting: Hansjörg Schmidt