The first monograph on this major artist.
Michael Clark is a dancer and choregrapher who collaborates with designers, artists and musicians at the heart of the British post-punk scene. Born in Scotland in 1962, Clark began traditional Scottish dancing at the age of four. In 1975 he left home to study at the Royal Ballet School in London, and on his final day at the school he was presented with the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award. In 1979, he joined Ballet Rambert, working primarily with Richard Alston. Attending a summer school with Merce Cunningham and John Cage led Clark to work in New York with Karole Armitage. He subsequently formed his own dance company in 1984, appearing in or creating more than 40 works over the last 25 years. In 2005 Michael Clark became an Artistic Associate of the Barbican Centre, London, and embarked on the Stravinsky Project, a three-year collaboration to produce a trilogy of works to seminal dance scores by Igor Stravinsky. Michael Clark Company’s new work evolves from the choreographer’s admiration for the music of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. In June 2011 Michael Clark Company presented a site-specific work with movement, film, light and sound, in a special commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London.
Suzanne Cotter is a writer and Curator of Exhibitions at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project and co-curator of the 10th Sharjah Biennial. Formerly Deputy Director of Modern Art Oxford, Cotter has written on the work of contemporary artists working internationally today.