Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer
Author: Florence Ostende
Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Since emerging in the early 1980s as a prodigy at London s Royal Ballet School, Michael Clark has remained at the forefront of innovation in dance, working in close collaboration with a broad range of pioneering artists such as Sarah Lucas, Leigh Bowery, Charles Atlas, Cerith Wyn Evans, Peter Doig, Elizabeth Peyton, Wolfgang Tillmans and musicians such as Mark E. Smith, Wire, Scritti Politti, and Relaxed Muscle. As a young choreographer, Clark brought together his classical ballet training with London s club culture, fashion, and punk rock to establish himself as one of the most innovative artists working in modern dance. His work variously referencing punk, rock, and pop is marked by a mixture of technical rigor and experimentation in a way that disrupts and reimagines our understanding of dance. This book features a series of enlightening essays and vivid illustrations of Clark s best-known performances, alongside archival material.
Published to coincide with the exhibition Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer at the Barbican, London.