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V&A Dundee ‘thrilled’ as museum reveals details of major 2021 exhibition

Lorena Randi and Victoria Insole in Before and After The Fall, 2001. Hebbel-Theater, Berlin.
Lorena Randi and Victoria Insole in Before and After The Fall, 2001. Hebbel-Theater, Berlin.

V&A Dundee has revealed a major exhibition scheduled for late 2021 will focus on a pioneering Scottish dancer.

A showcase of the work of Michael Clark, who is also a choreographer, will take place at the design museum from October 30 2021 until February 6 2022.

Michael Clark’s Because We Must, (1987). Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London.

The collaboration with Barbican Art Gallery is the first major exhibition on the Aberdonian, who is credited with bringing contemporary dance to a wider audience.

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer will display material from his career including films, photographs, music, fashion, rare archive materials, and more.

New V&A Dundee director Leonie Bell said: “Michael Clark is a truly remarkable creative force, who as a dancer and choreographer has challenged and redefined the limits of dance, its relationship to design and its place in contemporary culture.

V&A Dundee.

“I am delighted to be looking forward to such a rich programme of major exhibitions at V&A Dundee, from Mary Quant to Night Fever and now Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer.

“This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the team and having seen the joy of the museum recently reopening I can’t wait to get started.”

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Head of visual arts at the Barbican Jane Alison said: “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with V&A Dundee to bring Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer to Scotland in October 2021, following the Barbican’s much-anticipated run from October 2020 to January 2021.

“One of the UK’s most influential choreographers and performers, Scottish-born Clark became an artistic associate at the Barbican Centre in 2005.

“Embraced by audiences both in the UK and on tour around the world, Clark’s electrifying contribution to the worlds of art, music and fashion is explored and celebrated in this inspiring exhibition, including works by a range of his most important collaborators and never before seen material from Clark’s archive.”

The V&A’s Mary Quant exhibit will run until January 17 next year and will be followed by Night Fever: Designing Club Culture from March 27 to September 5.

Clark was born in Aberdeen in 1962 and studied at London’s Royal Ballet School.

His work blended his training with the capital’s punk, fashion and club culture; and led him to work with the likes of Derek Jarman, Peter Greenaway, Vivienne Westwood and Alexnder McQueen.

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer is curated by Florence Ostende. V&A Dundee’s project curator is Charlotte Hale.

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