Hailed as British dances true iconoclast, Michael Clark is adefining cultural figure in the contemporary dance world. Sinceemerging in the early...
Hailed as British dances true iconoclast, Michael Clark is adefining cultural figure in the contemporary dance world. Sinceemerging in the early 1980s as a prodigy at Londons Royal BalletSchool, Clark has remained at the forefront of innovation in dance,working in close collaboration with a broad range of pioneeringartists such as Sarah Lucas, Leigh Bowery, Charles Atlas, CerithWyn Evans, Peter Doig, Elizabeth Peyton, Wolfgang Tillmans andmusicians such as Mark E. Smith, Wire, Scritti Politti, and RelaxedMuscle. As a young choreographer, Clark brought together hisclassical ballet training with Londons club culture, fashion, andpunk rock to establish himself as one of the most innovativeartists working in modern dance. His workvariously referencingpunk, rock, and popis marked by a mixture of technical rigorand experimentation in a way that disrupts and reimaginesour understanding of dance. This book features a series ofenlightening essays and vivid illustrations of Clarks best-knownperformances, alongside archival material. Loosely tracing thechronological evolution of his career, a variety of cultural figuresranging from Jarvis Cocker to Charles Atlaswrite about thecountercultural undercurrents with which Clarks work connects.
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