August 23, 2010 - Tate Modern - Tate Live: Michael Clark Company
August 23, 2010

Tate Live: Michael Clark Company

Photo: David Sandison 

Tate Live: Michael Clark Company at Tate Modern

Part I: residency, 13 July – 30 August 2010
Part II: new work, June 2011

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG

For Part I of his choreographic project at Tate Modern, Michael Clark and his company have been resident in the Turbine Hall for seven weeks, making the development and rehearsal of his work publicly visible for the first time.

The Company’s presence has transformed the monumental space into an arena for experimentation and practice, foregrounding the processes – both artistic and practical – behind making and performing Clark’s work.

As well as devising movement for his company’s trained dancers, Clark has responded to the uniquely performative nature of the Turbine Hall’s public space by inviting 75 non-dancers to join weekly workshops with the company. The group of untrained dancers have learned a piece of dance, specially developed by Clark, which will be performed en-masse in the space over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Clark has presented work within gallery spaces on many occasions, but this residency enables him to respond directly to the iconic architecture and specific character of Tate: as a communal space and as a museum. This series of experiments is, in part, preparation for a new, large-scale performance commission due to be premiered as Part II of the project in June 2011.

Working with collaborators, Clark will use choreography, film, light and sound to create a site-specific dance event.

Michael Clark Company at Tate Modern continues Tate Live’s commitment to presenting pioneering interdisciplinary work that is rooted in dialogue with contemporary art.

Artist Charles Atlas, one of the premier interpreters of dance, theatre and performance on video, and lighting director for all of Clark’s work, will curate a film programme of his and Clark’s collaborative films, presented alongside the dance event over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Also featured is the first UK screening of Torse, Atlas’s 1977 two-screen collaboration with Merce Cunningham.

Clark recently presented the work come, been, gone at the Venice Biennial (2009), The Edinburgh Festival (2009) and The Barbican (2009 and 2010) to great critical acclaim.

Michael Clark Company is an Associate Artist of the Barbican and supported by Arts Council England.

Tate Modern Live is curated by Catherine Wood and Kathy Noble.

Free public showings in the Turbine Hall
Friday 27 and Saturday 28 August 21.30
Sunday 29 and Monday 30 August 17.30

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For further information contact Rose Dahlsen/Helen Beeckmans Tate Press Office, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG Call 020 7887 8730

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