Clod Ensemble – Under Glass (Sadler’s Wells Off Site 2009)
Under Glass is a promenade production in which the performers are presented within glass containers. At once a museum exhibit, an installation and a medical laboratory, characters 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 through the space and encounter this disparate group of individuals, sometimes coming within inches of the performers.
In Under Glass, people are lifted out of the hurly burly of everyday life – their moments of solitude are exquisitely framed and we see human beings attempting, with varying success, to live within their limits.
Comission by Sadler's Wells