Michael Clark, Cosmic Dancer


The recent book on total-rebel-dancer-choreographer Michael Clark. And it is beautiful.

'Clark set up his own company in 1984 and with it, he enacted a collision of transgression and classicism (what could be more classical than ballet..?)

With Michael Clark, ballet happens against the sounds of Bowie and Scritti Politti, in clothes designed by Leigh Bowery or inspired by YSL's 1965 Babushka wedding dress. Stravinsky is interpreted via reference to The Story of O, and punk is understood as 'the opposite of the quest for beauty'. Fur, needles, y-fronts, butt-less pants.'

Coinciding with a major exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery, this richly-illustrated book features an exclusive interview with Clark alongside a series of enlightening essays and contributions, from Jarvis Cocker to Kim Jones, amongst others. It retraces the evolution of Clark’s remarkable career, looking at his inimitable ability to combine technical rigour with experimentation. 

Michael Clark is a defining figure in the British cultural landscape. As a young choreographer emerging in the early 1980s, Clark brought together his classical ballet training with London’s punk, fashion and club culture to establish himself as a pioneering artist in contemporary dance, working in close collaboration with a broad range of artists and musicians such as Sarah Lucas, Leigh Bowery, Charles Atlas, Cerith Wyn Evans, Peter Doig, Wolfgang Tillmans, The Fall, and many more.

Edited by Florence Ostende
Design by A Practice for Everyday Life (APFEL).
Published by Prestel in association with the Barbican Art Gallery, London. 

21cm x 27cm
240 pages, 300 colour illustrations