We arrived at the Tate in time to have a random wonder around the galleries and then head down to the Turbine Hall in readiness to catch the Michael Clarke choreographed dance installation. I’d read about this in the week’s edition of le Cool (if you don’t subscribe already then do it now!) and had been really looking forward to it. Not only is Clark a long term favorite of “Blink”, but I was also really interested in the concept of this ‘installation’.
Michael Clark and his company have been working in the Turbine Hall for the past seven weeks, making the development and rehearsal stages of this piece visible to all. This piece incorporates some of the company’s immensely skilled dancers along with 75 untrained members of the public. During the performance, the division seemed purposefully clear between ballerina and non-ballerina with a difference in costume (the non-dancers in black) as well as Clark cleverly using the dancers in different ways. This created a really great energy as well as a stunning visual spectacle.
The space is immense, but the pumping Bowie soundtrack and the dashing and surging dancers really worked the space brilliantly. The graphic, monochrome floor complimented the linear and sharp shapes in the piece. The only downside was that I wanted to be one of the special 75, not one of the spectators- but maybe next time! This was ‘Part 1’ of Clark and company’s residency and there will be a ‘Part 2’ of the project in June ’11. So, all that’s left to ask is where do I put my name down for it?
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