Introducing Michael Clark
Writer Sarah Crompton looks backs at the career of dance legend Michael Clark, reflecting on his style and cult status.
Discover the rebellious energy and innovative performance of the ground-breaking Scottish dancer and choreographer
Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer is an immersive experience exploring dance, design, art, fashion and music. It is the first major exhibition on Michael Clark and is curated and organised by Barbican, London.
Clark’s choreography changed the landscape of British dance by weaving together subcultures and post-punk energy with the virtuosity and grace of his classical ballet training. A technically brilliant dancer and provocative artist, his acclaimed work has challenged society’s expectations of gender and sexuality from the 1980s right up to the present day.
From costumes and music to graphic design, Clark is a pioneer across disciplines. The exhibition delves into his collaborations with artists, designers, musicians and performers, giving a unique insight into one of Scotland’s most remarkable creative minds.
Clark’s collaborators range from The Fall to Leigh Bowery, from artists Sarah Lucas and Peter Doig to non-professional dancers. His musical influences are diverse, including his hero David Bowie, Patti Smith, T.Rex and composers Erik Satie and Igor Stravinsky.
Join us for an extraordinary blend of punk, ballet and popular culture, celebrating a true Scottish radical who has created a revolution in dance.
This exhibition is in Scotland's largest temporary exhibition space. We recommend you allow 90 minutes to fully enjoy it.
Image credit: Richard Haughton