Michael Clark: interview

Dancer and choreographer Michael Clark has been a controversial, inspirational and iconic figure in ballet and is one of Time Out’s 40th birthday London heroes

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    How does it feel to be a London hero?

    ‘I’m tickled pink.’

    Who are your London heroes?

    ‘Samuel Pepys and Guy Fawkes.’

    What’s the biggest thing that’s happened in your field in London in the last 40 years?

    ‘The Sex Pistols.’

    What’s your favourite place or thing in London?

    ‘The tiny theatre in Davenport's Magic shop near Charing Cross station.’

    What’s your favourite moment in London?

    ‘The Pogues at The Town and Country Club on St Patrick’s Day in 1988, I think. Runners up: The Clash and X-Ray Spex in Victoria Park; the Anti-Nazi League rally in 1978 – I was aged 16 and on day release from the Royal Ballet School; Suicide at The Garage in 1998 – it was where I met the love of my life.’

    What is/was your favourite London party?

    ‘Taboo in the mid-1980s, Shoom in 1988, Kate Moss’s 30th birthday party at Claridge’s.’

    What’s the future for your field in London?

    ‘That’s a question I ask myself every day. I’m working on it.’‘

    What are your hopes, what needs to happen?’

    ‘Free, compulsory dance lessons for all. Stefan Kalmar to run Tate Modern, Sarah Lucas for mayor.'

    What does Time Out mean to you?

    ‘Safe, sensation-seeking.’

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