Scottish avant-garde dancer. His provocative and outlandish costumes and stage props have earned him as much celebrity as his innovative dance technique. A former student of the Royal Ballet School, he formed his own company, the Michael Clark Dance Company, in 1984 and became a leading figure in the UK avant-garde dance scene.
His works include Swamp (1986), Because We Must (1987), I Am Curious, Orange (1988), Mmm.. (1992), incorporating elements of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, and O (1994), featuring the birth of Apollo in a perspex cube; he reworked the latter two as part of the Stravinsky Project from 2005. In 1991 he played Caliban in Peter Greenaway's film Prospero's Books. Other works include current/SEE (1998), Before and After: The Fall (2001), Would, Should, Can, Did (2003), animal / vegetable / mineral (2013), and to a simple, rock 'n' roll willsong (2016).
Clark was born in Aberdeen. He trained at the Royal Ballet School for four years until the age of 17, when he walked out. He danced with the Ballet Rambert 1979–81, where Richard Alston created works for him. After a summer school with Merce Cunningham and work with the US dancer/choreographer Karole Armitage (1954– ), Clark set up his own company.