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A Musical Response to Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer

Jarvis Cocker in the art gallery

Watch Jarvis Cocker's band JARV IS… perform an exclusive set inside our exhibition Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer

This performance celebrates Cocker’s creative friendship with Michael Clark, one of the most exciting cross-disciplinary collaborations in the British cultural landscape.

The set includes exclusive covers of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Venus in Furs’ and The Fall’s ‘Big New Prinz’, a newly arranged version of ‘Further Complications’ from Cocker’s eponymously titled solo album, and ‘House Music All Night Long’ from the latest album by JARV IS… ‘Beyond the Pale’.

Cocker and his band are surrounded by Charles Atlas’s newly-commissioned immersive film installation A Prune Twin (2020), the recreated set of Clark’s collaboration with The Fall for I Am Curious, Orange (1988), and Sarah Lucas’s installation.

The performance will be available here or on the Barbican's YouTube channel from 8pm on Friday 16 October.

JARV IS… surrounded by Tits in Space and Cnut by Sarah Lucas

‘Take a look for yourself. Walk around, and slowly it will start to dawn on you, as it did on me: Dance is the language of the human body. And nobody speaks it better than Michael Clark.‘
Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker & Michael Clark

Clark and Cocker’s collaboration began with WHO’S ZOO? at the 2012 Whitney Biennial in New York, with Cocker’s former band, Relaxed Muscle. This was followed by New Work 2012, co-commissioned by the Barbican and animal / vegetable / mineral in 2013 at the Barbican. Clark has also been a guest on Jarvis Cocker’s BBC Radio 6 Music Sunday Service, to mark David Bowie’s 65th birthday.


A coloured image showing two dancers from the Michael Clark Company against a blue and pink background

Ali Smith on Michael Clark

Author, playwright and journalist Ali Smith describes the elation of experiencing Michael Clark’s most recent work, featuring fearless dancers in a gorgeous triple bill of arresting choreography.