Press Release

Renowned British Choreographer Michael Clark Makes His Miami Debut with ICA PERFORMS

Event Date: 
17 November 2016
Miami, FL
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Presented in collaboration with National YoungArts Foundation

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami and the National YoungArts Foundation are proud to present ICA Performs: Michael Clark Company, the Miami debut of Great Britain’s renowned dance company. Hailed as “British dance’s true iconoclast,” Clark and his distinctive choreography combine technical rigor and experimentation through interpretations of ballet, punk, Dada, pop and rock. In October 2016, Michael Clark Company will begin a month-long artist residency with ICA Miami on the YoungArts Campus that will culminate in five public presentations. The debut public performance will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:30pm in the YoungArts Jewel Box.

“Rock is my rock. It has been vital to me at a personal level; it has shaped me as an individual as well as an artist,” said Michael Clark. The Company’s new work will respond to the unique architectural spirit and cultural context of the South Florida region and will draw from Clark’s own personal musical inspirations encompassing classical, rock, punk and post-punk.

“For over three decades, Michael Clark Company has reinvented classical and contemporary dance forms alike through his revolutionary interpretation of art, pop and punk,” said Alex Gartenfeld, ICA Miami’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator. “This revolutionary approach could not be better suited to Miami’s dynamic culture.”

A dynamic component of Michael Clark Company’s residency will be hosting open studio hours, and a master class led by the company’s current dancers, for students and alumni from both organizations’ experiential education programs. On Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30pm, in anticipation of the company’s debut performance, an intimate conversation between Michael Clark, Alex Gartenfeld (ICA Miami’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator), and and YoungArts alumna Brittany Bailey (2008 YoungArts Winner in Dance) will take place inside Ted’s at YoungArts.

“ICA Performs: Michael Clark Company” is a groundbreaking partnership between the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami and the National YoungArts Foundation and demonstrates the international scope and dynamic collaborative spirit of cultural organizations in the city of Miami,” said Ellen Salpeter, ICA Miami Director.

“ICA Miami’s interdisciplinary performance initiative proves to be the perfect platform to debut new works of merit on a global scale” “YoungArts is honored to support Michael Clark Company and ICA Performs by partnering to provide the space, time and resources needed to create new works,” said Carolina García Jayaram, President & CEO of National YoungArts Foundation. “As YoungArts continues to identify and support young artists across the country, our partnership with ICA Miami is just one example of how we are addressing the needs of artists across generations.”

Michael Clark Company’s residency, public performances and programming will take place within the unique architecture of the YoungArts Jewel Box, a prime example of modern cantilever construction located on the campus of the foundation’s national headquarters in Miami, Florida. The Jewel Box receives its name from its exterior, which is covered in thick hammered stained glass tapestries designed by renowned French stained glass artists Gabriel and Jacques Loire, and based on a painting by German artist Johannes Dietz.

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Harry Alexander. Courtesy of the Michael Clark Company. Photo: Jake Walters

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