Thu 11 October - Sat 13 October

Clod Ensemble: Placebo

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What is fake and what is real? Is the movement the medicine?

Placebo is an invigorating celebration of the power we have to make ourselves feel better, even when things are falling apart.

Seven dancers and an audience reckon with the placebo effect –  attempting a series of experiments to discover what gives them pleasure and what dulls their pain. Movements are repackaged, distorted, multiplied and abandoned, propelled by a rich original score that sweeps mischievously through euphoric club tracks to classical fugues. Sometimes playful, sometimes brutal, Placebo revels in how even something considered ‘fake’ can have very real consequences.


Commissioned by The Place

Direction & Choreography – Suzy Willson

Music – Paul Clark


Part of Manchester Science Festival
Thursday 18 October – Sunday 28 October 2018

Play with science, create something amazing and discover art, workshops, performances and big experiences at England’s largest science festival. For all ages, across Greater Manchester.

Placebo: Post Show Q&A

Friday 12 October | The Lowry | After the Show | Free

In this post show discussion, Suzy Willson and Paul Clark- the Artistic Directors of Clod Ensemble- will talk about the themes and processes that underpin their latest show Placebo. Chaired by Gianna Bouchard, editor of Performance and the Mediated Body.

Workshop: Doctor You

Sat 13 October | Studio 1 The Lowry | 10am-2.30pm | £4/£6

Through a range of entertaining and memorable exercises, in this workshop, led by leading placebo researcher Dr.Jeremy Howick, participants will draw on the science of placebos to explore how they might enhance their own health.

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Panel: The Power of the Placebo Effect

Sat 13 October | South Room or The Quays The Lowry | 4pm-6pm | £5

In this panel discussion, leading thinkers from philosophy, science and the arts will begin to unpick the complex relationships between our brain, our mind, and our ability to heal, considering the question of placebo in relation to topics such as pain, and charisma. Panellist include Professor Anthony Jones, professor of Neuro-rheumatology at the University of Manchester, Anita Shervington, a community engagement consultant and Director of Community Perspectives, and Dr. Jeremy Howick.

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Devising Performance Workshop

Thu 11 – Sat 13 October

The Devising Performance workshop is a companion activity to Clod Ensemble’s new production Placebo which tours in Autumn 2018, and will share the company’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to devising performance.

Director Suzy Willson trained with legendary theatre and movement teacher Jacques Lecoq in Paris. This training has had a profound impact on the way Suzy creates and edits material, sourcing movement qualities from music, nature and visual art. The workshop will reveal methods for creating performance using music as a stimulus and will also explore what impact music has on what we see on stage. The workshop will be led by an associate artist of the company.

Click Devising Performance Workshop PDF for more info, or contact to book.