Dance & Design at V&A Dundee

01 Mar 2022
Dance & Design at V&A Dundee
Photo: Richard Haughton

V&A Dundee will open the first major exhibition on Michael Clark, the ground-breaking Scottish dancer and choreographer, on 5 March 2022, curated and organised by Barbican, London.

It is a hugely exciting moment to bring an exhibition about one of Scotland’s most daring and rebellious creative minds home to V&A Dundee

Sophie McKinlay, Director of Programme at V&A Dundee

Michael Clark was born in Aberdeen in 1962 and began traditional Scottish dancing at the age of four. In 1975, at the age of 13, he left home to study at the Royal Ballet School in London, before forming his own dance company in 1984 when he was only 22. The exhibition is an immersive experience, celebrating Clark’s rebellious energy and innovative performances, exploring the creative energy and excitement of bringing together art, dance, design, fashion, and music. It delves into the process of Michael Clark’s collaborations with artists, designers, musicians, and performers, giving an extraordinary insight into one of Scotland’s most remarkable creative minds.

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer runs from 5 March to 4 September 2022. Tickets are on sale now. Buy your ticket here

Dance & Design at V&A Dundee
Photo: Julie Howden

Leonie Bell, Director V&A Dundee

Leonie is responsible for leading V&A Dundee, Scotland’s design museum, for developing its vision, programme, and partnerships, and for championing the fundamental role design plays in all our lives and should have in our future.

V&A Dundee

Leonie Bell has been Director of V&A Dundee, Scotland’s design museum, since October 2020. As Director, she is responsible for leading the organisation from its spectacular home in Dundee’s reimagined waterfront, for delivering the museum’s vision to inspire and empower through design, and for championing design and designers and the infinite possibilities they bring as catalysts of creativity and change.

Leonie works closely with the Board, museum team, stakeholders and partners to ensure that V&A Dundee continues to grow as a world-class design museum, is an everyday part of life in Dundee, welcomes visitors from around the world, and runs programmes that reach out across Dundee, Scotland, the UK and the world, generating joy and sparking curiosity in design.

Leonie has had a wide variety of leadership roles from the Future Paisley Partnership at Renfrewshire Council, Scottish Government, Creative Scotland and The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City.

She is also a trustee of the Edinburgh International Festival, a Design Economy Ambassador for the Design Council, member of the Theophano Foundation’s Prize Advisory Council, and an Honorary Professor of Design at the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Dance & Design at V&A Dundee
Photo: Julie Howden

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