2012/13 does not look a great year for dance at the Barbican – judged by today’s press release anyway.
It mainly comes down to Michael Clark it seems. Now Clark is not to be sniffed at by anybody and we much look forward to the premiere of course… but hopefully more dance will come in 2013 and the second part of the season.
The Michael Clark Company part of the press release follows…
New Work From Michael Clark Company
For their return to the Barbican stage, Michael Clark Company will present a double bill of new work choreographed to specially commissioned music. This production will continue Clark’s history of close collaboration with contemporary artists, designers and musicians, and include lighting design by artist and filmmaker Charles Atlas, and costumes by Stevie Stewart, formerly of BodyMap. (17-20 & 23-27 October 2012)
Michael Clark is an iconic British dancer, choreographer and artist who first came to prominence in the early 1980s. His work combines the classical ballet of his training with a more complex, contemporary sensibility. He is renowned for his legendary collaborations with bands, fashion designers and visual artists including Wire, Leigh Bowery, Trojan, Peter Doig and Sarah Lucas. Clark’s return to the Barbican will follow the company’s residencies in Tate Modern’s immense Turbine Hall in 2010 and 2011, and the Whitney Museum of American Art for the Whitney Biennial 2012.
The Company and the Barbican also announce today the continuation of their Artistic Associate partnership for a further three years. The Michael Clark Company became an Artistic Associate at the Barbican in 2005 and embarked on the ground-breaking Stravinsky Project, a three year collaboration which was performed at the Barbican and toured internationally. The most recent co-commission and collaboration is the critically acclaimed come, been and gone.