Film Screening: The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady
As part of the celebrations for Charles Mingus’ centenary, watch this kaleidoscopic dance film which unlocks a new way of listening to the wildly sensual, rhythmically explosive album. Watch the film online throughout the festival, or come to a free screening at the Southbank Centre prior to Nu Civilisation Orchestra’s performance of Joni Mitchell’s 'Hejira' / 'Mingus'.
Experience a new perspective on Mingus' big band masterpiece 'The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady'. In this kaleidoscopic film world-class dancers move to the wildly sensual, rhythmically explosive classic album, celebrating its beautiful melodies, complex structure and huge emotional range.
In 2020, Clod Ensemble and Nu Civilisation Orchestra were about to present a live dance celebration of ‘Black Saint’… plans changed. Instead, we kept ourselves sane by listening and moving to the music throughout lockdown – culminating in this unique and life affirming film set to the original recording performed by Charles Mingus and his band.
Join us for a free screening in the foyer of Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Thursday 17 November 2022 at 6.15pm, prior to Nu Civilisation Orchestra’s performance of Joni Mitchell’s 'Hejira' / 'Mingus' featuring ESKA in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 7.30pm.
The film is also available to screen online 1-20th November and there are accompanying digital workshops taking place during the festival, see https://efglondonjazzfestival....
CLOD ENSEMBLE is led by Director Suzy Willson and Composer Paul Clark. They create provocative, finely crafted performances, driven by movement and music. Their work is presented in London, across the UK and internationally in theatres, dance houses, galleries and public spaces nationally and internationally. clodensemble.com
Nu Civilisation Orchestra is the brainchild of award-winning bassist and bandleader, Gary Crosby OBE. Pianist and composer, Peter Edwards has directed the NCO since its inception. The orchestra has a reputation for excellence and diversity in its members, its repertoire and its artistic collaborations, creating ambitious projects focusing on artists from very different music backgrounds and art forms. nucivilisation.com
Photo: 'Dancer Valerie Ebuwa' - JJ Lorenzo