Workshops & Masterclasses
Explore the technique and choreography used by Michael Clark Company in their Perth Festival event to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll . . . song. in a masterclass with members of Michael Clark Company in association with STRUT Dance.
Co-hosted by STRUT Dance.
Since it was founded in 1984 Michael Clark Company has toured worldwide to perform at leading houses in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, as well as on its home stage at the Barbican, where it has been a resident company since 2005.
Hailed as ‘British dance’s true iconoclast’, Michael Clark is a defining cultural figure. Since emerging in the 1980s as a prodigy at London’s Royal Ballet School, he has remained at the forefront of innovation in dance. From the outset, Michael Clark’s performances have been marked by a mixture of technical rigour and experimentation, intense and fine-tuned choreography intersecting with elements of punk, Dada, pop and rock. His productions repeatedly break new ground, provoking and electrifying audiences.
This two-hour class offers dancers an opportunity to experience a professional level class and gain a basic introduction to Michael Clark’s choreography. The movement is advanced and rooted in Clark’s iconic style, which combines classical integrity with a more complex, contemporary sensibility. The class includes some elements of Michael Clark Company repertoire and is set to music with high tempos and complex musical phrasing. Aimed at young professional dancers or those in training, this session will develop technical skills in an original way.
STRUT Dance is the National Centre for Choreographic Development, based in Perth. It offers the independent contemporary dance sector internationally benchmarked training, collaboration and performance opportunities that are normally only available to major dance organisations. Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Antony Hamilton, Crystal Pite and Punchdrunk’s Maxine Doyle are some of the global leaders now working with the local sector through STRUT’s exclusive model. For maximum benefit, these programs segue directly into a dance artist’s own practice, development and performance outcomes, which is STRUT’s main mandate.
Who should attend?
Young professional or training dancers with strong classical and/or contemporary technique.
Date and Time: Sat 10 Feb, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
King Street Arts Centre
365 Murray Street
Registrations open on 9 November 2017 and close COB Monday 22 January 2018.
Successful applicants will be notified via email by 29 January 2018.