Michael Clark Company's new work continues Clark's history of close collaboration with contemporary artists, designers and musicians and includes music by Relaxed Muscle and Scritti Politti, lighting design from Charles Atlas, and costumes by Stevie Stewart and Richard Torry.
The new work was performed as a double bill at Tramway, Glasgow; The Barbican, London; Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s and Maison des Arts de Créteil, Paris in Autumn 2012. The performances at Tramway included live music from Scritti Politti, whilst the Company’s London season at the Barbican featured live music from Relaxed Muscle.
In Autumn 2013 Clark will reveal a third dimension, upgrading his double into a triple.
“… the most exhilarating new piece of contemporary dance to appear in Britain this year”
“The joy comes from the aesthetic collision of music and movement”
“Michael Clark’s musical sensibilities… reach a magnificent high with this new two-part evening”
Comissioned by Barbican, London. Co-produced by Barbican, London, Michael Clark Company, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Tramway, Glasgow.
Photo: Jake Walters, dancer: Harry Alexander
come, been and gone
Michael Clark Company's critically acclaimed production come, been and gone is made primarily to the music of David Bowie. It also embraces the work of key collaborators – Lou Reed and Brian Eno – and touches on some of his influences – the Velvet Underground amongst others.
“Rock is my rock. It has been vital to me at a personal level; it has shaped me as an individual as well as an artist”
Michael Clark chose to become a choreographer believing that actions speak louder than words. He creates work which combines his classical integrity with a more complex, contemporary sensibility embracing virtue and vice, abandon and control, grace and embarrassment. He is renowned for his legendary collaborations with bands, fashion designers and visual artists including Wire, Bodymap, Leigh Bowery, Trojan and Sarah Lucas.
The costumes are by Stevie Stewart and Richard Torry, with lighting by Charles Atlas.
“…an outrageously gorgeous piece of modern dance.”
“…beautifully and inspiringly danced… unmissable. ”
The Daily Telegraph
“The precision of these dances seems to reach right off the stage. ”
Commissioned by barbicanbite09 and Dance Umbrella (London), La Biennale di Venezia (Venice) and Dansens Hus (Stockholm) as part of European Network of Performing Arts (ENPARTS).
Co-produced by barbicanbite09, Dance Umbrella, Michael Clark Company, Edinburgh International Festival, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Maison des Arts de Créteil.
Photos: Jake Walters 2009
The Barrowlands Project
As part of the 2012 celebrations in Scotland, Michael Clark Company created a landmark dance event for Glasgow over the final weekend of the London 2012 festival.
Taking over the celebrated Glasgow Barrowlands, now a revered rock music venue and with a history as Glasgow's premier dance hall, this performance project was specially created by Michael Clark, and the project invited local people to become performers in the choreography alongside company dancers, accentuating the communal dance experience.
“Each corner of this legendary space was carefully considered and beautifully used”
To read about the participants' experiences see the project's website www.barrowlandsproject.com
The Barrowlands Project was supported by Creative Scotland and produced by Michael Clark Company, Glasgow Life and Dance House Glasgow.
Photo: Hugo Glendinning