Michael Clark began his training at the Royal Ballet School and reached his artistic maturity during the post- punk scene of the early 1980s. From there he skillfully navigated through the London sub-culture and placed his post-modern ballet reduction in an artistic cosmos, whose biting social criticism worked with subversive humour, stark flaws and intellectual edge. Clark’s development then continued backwards from post-punk to modernism to neo-Classicism. Through it all he stayed true to his close association with avant-garde fashion, pop music and visual art. His strict geometric choreography makes music visible without fear of symmetry. In this case it’s songs by Scritti Politti, Sex Pistols and Jarvis Cocker’s project Relaxed Muscle that add up with the anarchic wit of a neoclassical punk to a visually striking dance experience.
German Premiere at the International Summer Festival
Michael Clark and his company bring their performance Animal/Vegetable/Mineral to Hamburg for the very first time and show why their work has such a high reputation among visual artists: Without fear of symmetry, Clark's strict geometric choreography makes music visible. In Animal/Vegetable/Mineral, the songs from Scritti Politti, Sex Pistols, and Jarvis Cocker's project Relaxed Muscle are combined with the anarchic wit of neo-classical punk to become a visually impressive dance experience.
CHOREOGRAPHY Michael Clark MUSIK Relaxed Muscle, Scritti Politti, Sex Pistols u.a.
WITH Harry Alexander, Julie Cunningham, Melissa Hetherington, Oxana Panchenko, Daniel Squire, Benjamin Warbis LICHT Charles Atlas KOSTÜME Stevie Stewart, Michael Clark
PRODUCTION Barbican London KOPRODUKTION Barbican London, Michael Clark Company, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Théatres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Tramway Glasgow.
The Michael Clark Company is supported by Arts Council England and the British Council Germany.
Tickets and dates
14, 15 and 16 August, 20:15, 90 Min. (incl. break)
Standard tickets: 36/24/12 Euro (reduced from 8 Euro, 50% discount with festival ticket)