Michael Clark: Gay dancer, choreographer. ------------------------------------------ References

"Michael Clark." Gay Times (London) May 1995, p. 78.

mother = "Bessie" ------------------------------------------------------------------ good references: http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum14/HTML/000008.html --------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/michaelclark.html Michael Clark:Born June, 1962, in Aberdeen, Scotland. British dancer and choreographer. His mother was a nurse. His father had hoped to be an accountant but was thwarted by the inheritance of the family farm. At the age of four Michael Clark started attending Scottish dancing lessons along with one of his sisters. He later went to ballet classes in Aberdeen. At the age of 13 he was given a place at the Royal Ballet School in London, but after he graduated at the age of 17 he turned down a place with the Company. He went to Ballet Rambert for two years and developed his interest in modern dance. At the age of 22 he formed his own company. His performances included flamboyant costumes by the bisexual club-goer Leigh Bowery. At the time Michael Clark lived with his lover, David Holah of Body Map, in a council flat in King's Cross. David Holah also helped with the design of the outrageous costumes. Michael Clark fell into a decline with the abuse of alcohol and drugs in the late 1980s and he had to retire in 1988 at the age of 26 because of serious heroin addiction. His mother moved down from Scotland to look after him. In 1989 he met and fell in love with the American dancer and choreographer Stephen Petronio, and he began to dry out and pull himself together. They performed in the Anthony d'Offay Gallery and shocked some by engaging in sex for the first fifteen minutes. In 1991 Michael Clark appeared as Caliban in Peter Greenaway's film Prospero's Books. In 1993 he produced the dance work Mmm, and then in 1994 its companion piece O. In 1994 his friend and mentor Leigh Bowery died and he became seriously depressed. He also had a badly injured knee and had to cancel his new show Roots II. He returned to the village of Kintore 20 miles from Aberdeen where he was brought up, to live with his mother. He returned to dance in 1998. In 2000 he toured with his new dance work current/SEE. -------------------------------------------------------- http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/people/famousfirst812.html Michael Clark, 1962 - Controversial dancer and choreographer. Born in Aberdeen, the son of a farmer, Clark was brought up in Kintore. He was taking lessons in Scottish country dancing by the age of four. He went on to be accepted by the Royal Ballet School by the age of 13. Following time with the Royal Ballet, Clark joined Ballet Rambert, for two years, where he was able to develop his interests in modern dance, including performing in Richard Alston's Dutiful Ducks and Soda Lake. Following time in the US and France, Clark returned to Britain in 1984 to start his own company. As a choreographer, Clark is known for his originality and inventiveness, incorporating a succession of modern styles and outrageous fashions. His productions include No Fire Escape in Hell (1986) and I Am Curious, Orange (1988). Clark suffered due to the abuse of drink and drugs, but was able to get over his addiction, with the help of his mother, to appear as Caliban in Peter Greenaway's memorable film Prospero's Books (1991). He produced the dance work Mmm... Modern Masterpiece (1992), followed by O (1994). Depression and injury forced his temporary retiral, although he returned to dance in 1998. --------------------------------------------------------