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.
Autumn 2018 tour:
Salford. The Lowry. 11 – 13 October 2018
Brighton. Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. 16 – 17 October 2018
Preston. Derelict at UCLan. 19 – 20 October
London. The Place. 30 October – 10 November 2018
Commissioned by The Place
Direction – Suzy Willson
Music – Paul Clark
Costume – Art School
Lighting – Hansjörg Schmidt
Performers - Brian Caillet, Chihiro Kawasaki, Elisabeth Schilling, Nathan Goodman, Omar Gordon, Valerie Ebuwa, Yen-Ching Lin
Video - Lisa Cazzato Vieyra
Image - Manuel Vason
Placebo is supported by The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and The Foyle Foundation
Clod Ensemble is supported by Arts Council England and Wellcome Trust