Major exhibition spanning the career of choreographer and dancer Michael Clark, exploring his combination of classical and contemporary influences such as ballet and punk.

Born in Scotland in 1962, Clark trained at the Royal Ballet School in London before joining Rambert (previously Ballet Rambert) in 1979. This unprecedented presentation of his work establishes his radical presence in British cultural history.

Looking back to his meteoric rise as a young choreographer in the 1980s, the exhibition presents a comprehensive vision of Clark’s career to date and explores his unique multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates a wide range of subcultural influences.

New commissions include Charles Atlas revisiting Hail the New Puritan (1986) which featured Leigh Bowery and The Fall, along with work by Sarah Lucas, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cerith Wyn Evans, Peter Doig, Silke Otto-Knapp, Duncan Campbell.

The exhibition is also available to peruse online, as Michael Clark alongside longtime collaborator, dancer and choreographer Les Child, lead a whistlestop virtual tour of some of the exhibition highlights, recalling their memories of working together and the dance scene in the 80s.

There is also a range of online content to devour for a deeper dive into Michael Clark and his exceptional career, including articles from dancers who worked alongside him including Kate Coyne and Ali Smith, podcasts exploring his creative process and even a video with Jarvis Cocker providing a musical response to Michael's work.

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