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The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady

Clod Ensemble & Nu Civilisation Orchestra

A person wearing black and blue walks with their hands in the air across the stage as a live band plays behind them.

Share the floor with outstanding artists as two leading companies transform the stage into a vibrant cabaret venue, with a live jazz orchestra and dynamic dancers. 

Celebrate the sensuality and power of jazz as the award-winning Clod Ensemble and world-class Nu Civilisation Orchestra present a new perspective on Charles Mingus’ iconic 1963 recording of ‘The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady’, widely considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time.

And you can join in! Lose yourself in the music on the dancefloor or take a backseat and soak up the atmosphere with a drink from the on-stage bar. Everyone, including wallflowers, are invited to this electrifying celebration.

For over two decades, Clod Ensemble have been thrilling audiences with original, finely-crafted shows, with a unique blend of stunning movement and exhilarating music, while the critically acclaimed Nu Civilisation Orchestra has earned a reputation as a shapeshifting, cutting-edge ensemble, refusing to be bound by genre or scale.

This performance takes place on the Barbican Theatre stage. There will be unreserved cabaret table seating and standing tables to lean on. This event is wheelchair accessible.

Running time: approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

Age guidance: 14+

This production contains haze. 

BSL-interpreted performance, Fri 20 Sep
Take a look at our Accessible Events page to find out more about the accessibility of our venues.

Created & Produced by Clod Ensemble in association with Nu Civilisation Orchestra. 

Clod Ensemble & Nu Civilisation Orchestra are supported by Arts Council England. 

Lead image by Graeme Miall. 
Further images by Hugo Glendinning.

Members and Members Plus enjoy 20% off ticket prices for this show.

No booking fee. Subject to availability.  

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Corporate Members enjoy discounted ticket prices to this performance.   

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Wheelchair spaces, free companion seats may now be booked online.    
Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts.    

Booking a wheelchair space:
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Booking essential companion tickets:
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Booking British Sign Language or Captioned Seats:
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Groups can book at a 20% discount, subject to availability. Contact [email protected] to make a group booking.   

£12*, subject to availability.

Under 16’s   
Save 50%, subject to availability. 

*If you are a teacher or group leader planning a trip, you can receive up to £300 towards the cost of a visit to a wide variety of inspiring venues managed by the City of London Corporation. Find out more.

*Excludes £4 booking fee

These accessibility provisions are available for this event. Please visit our help centre for extra guidance when booking these tickets.



Part 1
Let’s Lime by Romarna Campbell 
Slow Dance by Peter Edwards 
Cripps Yard by Paul Clark 

Part 2
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady by Charles Mingus


‘The slinky grooves of Charles Mingus animate the expressive dancers of Clod Ensemble, who sweep up the crowd in a joyful celebration of movement‘
The Guardian