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Michael Clark

Cosmic Dancer

Michael Clark in MMM...

The first major exhibition of dancer and choreographer Michael Clark. This exploration of Clark’s work establishes his radical presence in British cultural history.

Looking back to his meteoric rise as a young choreographer in the 1980s, the exhibition presents a comprehensive vision of Clark’s career to date. It will showcase his unique multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates a wide range of subcultural influences. Film, photography, and material from Clark’s practice will be presented alongside his legendary collaborations across visual arts, music, fashion and film.

New works include Charles Atlas revisiting the acclaimed Hail the New Puritan (1986), which featured Leigh Bowery and The Fall, as an immersive film installation, along with work by Sarah LucasWolfgang Tillmans, Cerith Wyn Evans, Peter Doig, Silke Otto-Knapp, Duncan Campbell and more.

Download the exhibition guide ahead of your visit.

The exhibition has been recognised with a commendation from the Sotheby’s Prize 2019.

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Weekdays (Mon – Fri)
Unwaged: £11
Students: £11
NHS staff: £11
Over 60s: £13
Art Fund Members: £7.50
Under 14s: Free

Weekends (Sat & Sun)
Unwaged: £12
Students: £12
NHS staff: £11
Over 60s: £17
Art Fund Members: £8.50
Under 14s: Free

Access Members: £7.50
If an Access Members needs a personal assistant for their visit, please e-mail [email protected] to arrange.

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Discounts are subject to availability. They do not apply to associated talks, films or workshops. They cannot be combined to make greater savings.

Your Visit

Please bring your own wired headphones

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation we are asking all guests to bring their own pair of headphones in order to watch the videos in the exhibition as safely as possible.

You will need to bring wired headphones with a 3.5mm jack. Please note that bluetooth or lightning cable headphones will not work. 

If you don't have the correct headphones or forget them, then we will have some available to purchase in the centre on the day of your visit. 


A few things to consider before your visit

  • We currently have a reduced capacity and timed entry slots. All visitors, including Barbican Members, must book tickets online in advance.
  • We’re only allowed to welcome visitors in groups if they‘re from the same household or support bubble. Your group must keep a safe distance from other groups when you’re here.
  • Our cloakrooms are currently closed so avoid bringing large bags with you. Long umbrellas will not be allowed in the gallery
  • The exhibition contains some works of an adult nature. Parental guidance is advised, and children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult
  • There are some very loud sections in the exhibition. We advise young children and those those affected by loud sounds to bring some form of ear protection.

Watch an exclusive performance from JARV IS...



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.

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