News: Art sale raises funds for Michael Clark

Friday 20 October 2006

The Michael Clark Company Benefit sale at Christie’s on Sunday 15 October raised over £930,000.

Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Anish Kapoor and Tracy Emin were just some of the artists who donated works to be sold to raise money for the future development of the company – specifically to employ dancers.

A company spokesperson said that most importantly the funding will enable Michael to establish a core company of dancers who work regularly together as an ensemble over a sustained period; it will allow him to establish a mature repertoire of work and will also help to secure regular rehearsal space and a base from which to make work.

Michael Clark is currently working on the second part of his Stravinsky trilogy, Mmm… which opens at the Barbican next week. It has been commissioned by barbicanbite06 – as part of Dance Umbrella, with Festival de Marseille and Danceworks UK.

The Michael Clark Company receives project funding from Arts Council England – currently for the Stravinsky Project creation and touring – but up until now it has been difficult to develop a longer term strategy for the company.


“Part of why I’ve been able to continue is that I think my work has as much, if not more, in common with ideas in the visual arts as with dance. I think this always made sense to me. But I’ve always wanted my work to pay for itself – I wanted to find a way to make it necessary.”
Michael Clark talks to Ismene Brown in the Telegraph, 14 Oct

Edited to amend names of supporting artists – August 2010

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