The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus / Clod Ensemble

Project Overview

YeastCulture were commissioned by the Clod Ensemble to help create a 40 minute film of Mingus’ big band masterpiece ‘The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady’. Dancers were each given an instrument from the album which they improvised to in response to the classic avant-garde score. The choreography was then layered and split screened into a visual album which celebrates the music’s beautiful melodies, complex structure and huge emotional range.

Suzy Willson – Director
Peter Edwards & Paul Clark – Music Directors
Nick Hillel – Director of Filming & Editor
Production by
Post Production: Adam Smith
Marianthi Hatzikidi – Stylist
Roxanne Peak-Payne – Producer

Movement created and performed by: Harry Alexander, Makiko Aoyama, Jonathon Baker, Maëva Berthelot, Gaby Conn, Julie Cunningham, Ihsaan de Banya, Tylor Deyn, Monique Etienne, Valerie Ebuwa, Yen-Ching Lin, Eleanor Perry, Rachele Rapisardi, Ellen Yilma Developed and supported by the brilliant teams at Clod Ensemble and Tomorrow’s Warriors.

The Black Saint and Sinner Lady
“This kaleidoscopic work unlocks a new way of listening to the wildly sensual, rhythmically explosive album.” — Broadway World
“The result is a breathtaking musical and dance performance in which the dynamic music of Mingus finally received its visual embodiment, conceived by the composer, a "kaleidoscopic musical film".” — BBC reviews