Michael Clark – Cosmic Dancer

The Barbican Art Gallery's latest exhibition traces the impressive career of one of the UK's leading dancers/choreographers. Peter Gray reports.

Michael Clark in Because We Must, 1987 Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. © Richard Haughton

Michael Clark – Cosmic Dancer will explore the meteoric rise and impressive career of one of the UK’s finest dancer/choreographers.

In what will be the first major exhibition of his work, the Barbican will showcase the dancer’s unique multidisciplinary approach to his art using “a constellation of striking portraits” of Clark from such notable figures as Charles Atlas, BodyMap,  Sarah Lucas, Silke Otto-Knapp and Elizabeth Peyton.

Meanwhile, a series of new works, featuring artists as varied as Leigh Bowery, Sarah Lucas, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cerith Wyn Evans, Peter Doig, Silke Otto-Knapp, Duncan Campbell will help reflect Clark’s role as a visionary and cult hero.

Described by the Barbican as one of the largest surveys ever dedicated to a living choreograher, Michael Clark – Cosmic Dancer will present a comprehensive overview of an artist who challenged “the furthest intersections of dance, life and art” while also seeking to place Clark’s achievements within the wider cultural context of his time. 

Jane Alison, Head of Visual Arts, Barbican said of the exhibition: “We’re thrilled to be sharing this rare opportunity for audiences to get to know the inspirational work of one of the UK’s most influential choreographers and performers, Michael Clark. Michael Clark Company has been our Artistic Associate since 2005 and this exhibition celebrates the richness of Clark’s provocative and electrifying presence in our cultural landscape and explores how art, film, music and fashion have been integral to his work.”

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What: exhibition
When: 7 Oct 20 – 3 Jan 21
Where: Barbican Art Gallery
Website: Michael Clark