A Michael Clark exhibition is set to open up at the Barbican on 12 June 2020. Exploring the legendary dancer and choreographer’s career, the exhibition will feature photography and film alongside some of his most iconic collaborative material.
Aberdeen-born Clark emerged as a prodigy at the Royal Ballet School during the 1980s. Celebrated for his experimental techniques, he is heralded for combining elements of Dada, rock and punk into choreography. Whilst working with esteemed companies including The Paris Opera and Ballet Rambert, Clark is also recognised for relocating dance away from the traditional arenas and introducing it to new audiences, for instance performing at unexpected venues such as Glastonbury and Tate Modern. A cultural icon, Clark has also been the subject of much artistic attention, collaborating for instance with Alexander McQueen and Nick Knight for fashion film Blade of Light in 2004. Galvanising McQueen's S/S 04 collection, Michael Clark's dancers move in slow-motion as silhouettes, available to watch on SHOWstudio.
This exhibition also comes at an interesting time in contemporary menswear. During the recent A/W 20 season for instance, we saw the incorporation of dance at the Bianca Saunders presentation in which models, choreographed by Saul Nash, moved to the sound of cktrl. Organised dance was relocated to celebrate the normality and wearability of the clothing, making the typical inaccessibility of fashion shows accessible, in the same way Clark had done with dance.
Clark’s exhibition will showcase fresh work including an immersive film instillation in which Charles Atlas revisits the 1986 fictionalised documentary about Clark, entitled Hail the New Puritan. Other names included in the exhibition are British artist Sarah Lucas, German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans and water-colourist Silke Otto-Knapp. More details about the show will be released nearer the time.