Monday, 17 May 2010

Long overdue

Michael Clark by Michael Bracewell and Suzanne Cotter

Violette Editions
7th June, 2010

Notorious for his continually subversive takes on classical dance, Michael Clark is without doubt one of the most important dancers and choreographers of our time. He has created some of contemporary dances finest productions, often using leftfield rock music (most famously in his fantastic collaboration with The Fall, I Am Kurious, Oranj). Situated at the heart of the British post-punk art scene, Clark is much admired for his judicious choice of collaborators, such as designers Bodymap and Hussein Chalayan, artists Cerith Wyn Evans, Leigh Bowery, Charles Atlas and Sarah Lucas, film director Peter Greenaway (Clark played Caliban in Prosperos Books) and bands The Fall, Laibach and Wire. This monograph, the first on this major artist, celebrates the whole of Michael Clark's career to date, from the late 1970s to the present. Rich in visual and archival material, it contains new essays on Clark's work, reprints of key texts and journalism, photography by Nick Knight, David LaChappelle and others, plus interviews with many of Clark's collaborators from the worlds of dance, art, fashion and music. A protege of Richard Alston and Karol Armitage, Michael Clark set up his own dance company in 1984, at the age of 22. He immediately won the admiration of Rudolf Nureyev, who commissioned ballets from Clark for the repertoire at the Paris Opera. Clark has also been the subject of numerous films and documentaries, including the fictional biography Hail the New Puritans by Charles Atlas and The Late Michael Clark, directed by Sophie Fiennes. Michael Clark's new ballet opens in June at the Biennale in Venice, and travels to Edinburgh, Stockholm, Paris and, in late October, to the Barbican in London.

Michael Clark in collaboration with Leigh Bowery

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Thea Beasley, formally known as Talitha Love.... said...

Ok, Well, Truly Great Minds MUST be on the same wave.... just this evening, earlier, I was looking at tears, photos of Michael Clark from Vogue about 22/23 years ago. He was posed in a tutu and I thought how current a modren he looked even for today. Got chills! Love it. Still so glad you are back!!

Thombeau said...

Yay! What a great post!

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

I love Michael and definitely will see him again in London this time. I hope you're well. Here's a post I think you'll like. Christina xx

Rose C'est La Vie said...

oh god, thank you for these. Never saw any of Clark's work and always wanted to. Absolutely loved it - how often do you see something totally free of tropes and cliché? That includes the costume.