Tate Project Part I
Michael Clark was born in Scotland and trained at the Royal Ballet School in London (1975–9). In 1979 joined Ballet Rambert, working primarily with Richard Alston. Later, attending a summer school with Merce Cunningham and John Cage led him to work with Karole Armitage, through whom he met Charles Atlas. The first concert of his own choreography was in 1982 at London’s Riverside Studios, where he became resident choreographer. By 1984 Clark had made 16 original pieces. Michael Clark and Company was launched in 1984. The company was an immediate success and toured internationally.