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Michael Clark born June, 1962 in Aberdeen is a Scottish dancer and choreographer. After early studies in Scottish dancing Clark left home in 1975 to train at the Royal Ballet School in London, where one of his contemporaries was the dancer and choreographer Jonathan Burrows. Scottish dancing itself later made an appearance in some of his works, the classical foundation of his training however, extends throughout his work, underpinning all his choreography. On his final day at the school he was presented with the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award the brightest star of the Royal Ballet School, the was considered he brightest star of the school but refused to join the Royal Ballet company despite being offered a place. In 1979 Clark joined Ballet Rambert working primarily with Richard Alston, who created roles for him in Bell High (1979), Landscape (1980), Rainbow Ripples (1981) and, subsequently, two solos: Soda Lake (1981) and Dutiful Ducks (1982). Later, attending a summer school with Merce Cunningham and John Cage led him to work with Karole Armitage, through whom he met Charles Atlas.

The first concert of his own choreography was in 1982 at London’s Riverside Studios, where he became resident choreographer. By 1984 Clark had made 16 original pieces for himself, his and small-scale companies and continued to churn out an incredible stream of new works throughout the 80s, He was the punk choreographer who had Leigh Bowery staggering across the stage in 10in heels with a chainsaw. The ballet world rebuked his rebellious nature yet admired the beauty of his choreography. He won commissions from the Paris Opera, Scottish Ballet, Deutsche Oper and the Royal Ballet and continues his career as a choreographer.

Michael Clark born June, 1962 in Aberdeen is a Scottish dancer and choreographer. After early studies in Scottish dancing Clark left home in 1975 to train at the Royal Ballet School in London, where one of his contemporaries was the dancer and choreographer Jonathan Burrows. Scottish dancing itself later made an appearance in some of his works, the classical foundation of his training however, extends throughout his

 
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