Michael Clark Company

German Premiere
World premiere 25 June 2009, La Biennale di Venezia, Teatro alle Tese, Venice
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Past Dates

»Rock is my rock. It has been vital to me at a personal level; it has shaped me as an individual as well as an artist.«
Michael Clark

Michael Clark Company’s new production evolves from Michael Clark’s admiration for the music of rock’s holy trinity, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, who worked in close proximity during the 1970s. This work includes several attempts to make the perfect dance to the perfect song: »Heroes«.

Hailed by the Independent on Sunday as »British dance's true iconoclast«, Michael Clark creates work that combines his classical fluency with a twisted contemporary sensibility that embraces embarrassment, doubt, and fear, as well as grace, virtue and control. He is renowned for his legendary collaborations with bands, fashion designers and visual artists including Wire, Bodymap, Leigh Bowery, Trojan and Sarah Lucas.

»Best of all, it is performed by the finest company of dancers Clark has yet possessed.«
The Guardian, Judith Mackrell, August 30, 2009

»During the pulsating climax of his new work, it really could be a night in a 1970s club with Bowie blaring through the sound system, a feeling of immortality running through your veins and a world full of possibilities. For a nostalgic moment, we can all feel young again.«
Daily Express, Allan Hunter, August 31, 2009

»So this wonderful, full-blooded work becomes a celebration of life itself, a quasi-autobiography that cleverly avoids being too obvious.«
The Daily Telegraph, Sarah Crompton, August 31, 2009


Choreography Michael Clark
Lighting Design Charles Atlas
Music by Bruce Gilbert and Wire
Costumes BodyMap

Dancers Stephen Beagley, Kate Coyne, Melissa Hetherington, Oxana Panchenko, Ellen van Schuylenburch, Clair Thomas, Benjamin Warbis and Simon Williams

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Choreography Michael Clark
Lighting Design Charles Atlas
Music by David Bowie, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed
Costumes Stewie Stewart, Michael Clark

Dancers Kate Coyne, Melissa Hetherington, Oxana Panchenko, Clair Thomas, Benjamin Warbis and Simon Williams

A commission barbicanbite09, Dance Umbrella, La Biennale di Venezia and Dansens Hus for the Enparts project (European Network of Performing Arts)
Supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union
Co-produced by Dance Umbrella, barbicanbite09, Michael Clark Company, Edinburgh International Festival, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Maison des Arts de Créteil
Michael Clark Company is supported by Arts Council England