News: Michael Clark Company stays at Barbican

Monday 19 October 2009

The Barbican is renewing its contract with the Michael Clark Company who will now continue as the centre’s Artistic Associate for another three years. The creative relationship between the celebrated choreographer and the Barbican began in 2005, at the start of a three-year collaboration to produce the Stravinsky Project, a trilogy of works to seminal dance scores by I*gor Stravinsky*, which was performed at the Barbican and toured internationally. Alongside support from Arts Council England, the support of the venue has given the company the chance to establish a base.
Louise Jeffreys, Head of Theatre at the Barbican said: “We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Michael Clark Company. Michael’s work as a choreographer continues to grow in strength, working year-round with a group of core dancers. As a result the company is developing a strong repertoire. We look forward to contributing towards its future plans.\” **__
__In turn Michael Clark said: I am delighted to have a London base at the Barbican and much appreciate its continued support through commissioning funds, and presenting the company on a regular basis in London.\”

His company present a new programme of work in the Barbican Theatre from 28 October to 7 November as part of the Barbican season Bite:09 and Dance Umbrella. First seen at the Edinburgh International Festival this summer, it includes a new work – come, been and gone using music which has been influential on Clark, 1970s work from David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed. “Rock is my rock.” he says “It has been vital to me at a personal level; it has shaped me as an individual as well as an artist.”

The programme also includes _*Swamp – * _Clark’s modern masterpiece, made for Rambert Dance Company in 1986. Company dancers this season include: Kate Coyne, Melissa Hetherington, Oxana Panchenko, Clair Thomas, Benjamin Warbis and Simon Williams.

After the London dates the company continue an international tour and will return for further performances at the Barbican in June 2010.

Michael Clark’s Heroes A half hour BBC2 documentary concentrates on the making of his latest work which uses the music of David Bowie, Iggy Pop & Lou Reed. It also follows him on a trip to Venice where he pays homage to two other heroes – Stravinksy and Diaghilev. Available until 2 Nov on the BBC iplayer

More: **”www.barbican.org.uk“:http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre/event-detail.asp?ID=9477

Images: top: Michael Clark, 2005; bottom: Michael Clark Company 2009. Photos: Jake Walters

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