Michael Clark was born in Scotland and trained at the Royal Ballet School in London (1975 -1979). In 1979 joined Ballet Rambert, working with Richard Alston. He became resident choreographer at London’s Riverside Studios, and by 1984 Clark had made 16 original pieces.

Michael Clark Company was launched in 1984 and became instantly renowned for its utterly distinctive choreography, provocative performances, audacious interpretations of classical ballet choreographies and close collaborations with contemporary artists, fashion designers, and musicians. “Iconoclassicist” Michael Clark rips apart classical dancing conventions and takes contemporary performance to a different level.

In a Guardian interview in 2001 he said – “I was reacting to a particular dance ethos – which had always seemed to mean saying no to spectacle, to comedy or narrative, no to virtuosity. I wanted to say yes to all those things.”

Among his major artistic collaborations are Before and After: The Fall (2001), a collaboration with visual artist Sarah Lucas, and a solo for Mikhail Baryshnikov created in 2003. Other recent works include The Stravinsky Project (2005-2007), come, been and gone that premiered at La Biennale di Venezia in 2009 and has since toured internationally, and in summer 2011 a large-scale performance commission th for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.

In 2010 the Company spent the summer in-residence at Tate Modern, in preparation for the large-scale performance commission for the Turbine Hall, premiered in June 2011.

Michael Clark Company is currently an Artistic Associate of the Barbican Centre. The Company’s New Work 2012 premiered at The Barbican in October and featured live music by Relaxed Muscle, lighting design from Charles Atlas, and costumes by Stevie Stewart and Michael Clark. The Independent on Sunday said:

“Clark’s eight dancers, many of them long-term collaborators, are beacons of technical rigour”.

Danceworks is proud to offer dancers the opportunity to spend a day training with this Company.




Workshop details.  

Melissa Hetherington, long-term dancer with Michael Clark Company, will lead a workshop that focuses on training the body to work efficiently in order to sustain the movement demanded by Michael Clark’s choreography. The workshop will focus on the stability, co-ordination and articulation needed to dance with clarity through challenging material, and elements of Michael’s choreography will be included. This full day workshop is open to intermediate, advanced and professional dancers who are looking to enrich their practice and to those who have particular interest in the style of Michael Clark Company, as well as dance students from full-time vocational courses. Please, make sure you have appropriate technical training in order to get the most out of the experience.

Melissa Hetherington

Melissa started her training as a Junior Associate at The Royal Ballet School performing in London and Japan. After graduating from The London Studio Centre in 2000 she worked with Sheron Wrays’ JazzXchange Music and Dance Company. In 2003 Melissa performed in Kevin Spacey’s feature film ‘Beyond the Sea’. She has danced in two of Alexander McQueen’s fashion shows in Paris, and has worked with photographers David Bailey, Nick Knight and most recently, Miles Aldridge. Melissa worked as assistant rehearsal director in 2007 for the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. Melissa joined Michael Clark Company in 2001, during which time she was delighted to perform with Mikhail Baryshnikov in Michael Clark’s ‘Rattle Your Jewellery’.

Participants must be 16 years of age or over. We regret that Danceworks cannot make any refunds, please make sure you can make the date before committing to this workshop.

Early Bird Offer: 

£65  Book before 19th Nov, £75  Thereafter

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