Stories in Motion: Prodigal Son Preview

Watch a sneak preview of George Balachine’s “Prodigal Son” with insights from Joffrey Artistic Director Ashley Wheater, Music Director Scott Speck, coach and iconic Prodigal Son Edward Villella and Joffrey Ballet dancers.

Famed dancer Edward Villella sits down with Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss to discuss the rehearsal process for George Balanchine’s 1929 masterpiece “Prodigal Son”.

Ballerinas breaking the racial barriers

Classical ballet in the United States has an image problem, as dancers at the top companies are almost entirely white. There are very few dancers from minority groups. African Americans are particularly under-represented in the industry. In an attempt to make ballet more diverse, the American Ballet Theatre has launched a new programme to search for talents from the excluded communities. Al Jazeera’s Daniel Lak reports from New York.

Michael Clark Company – animal / vegetable / mineral


On the occasion of Tanz im August

Choreography MICHAEL CLARK
Lighting design CHARLES ATLAS

The British dance icon Michael Clark is back in Berlin with his most recent production in which he masterfully returns to his roots in ballet, naturally with a touch of glam and punk. The neo-classical repertoire of movement blends congenially with the raw energy of music bands like the Sex Pistols, Scritti Politti and Jarvis Cockers Relaxed Muscle. The six dancers and the light design of the video artist Charles Atlas might be architects inscribing lines and patterns upon empty space, creating images of meditative beauty.

Michael Clark has never left any doubt that for him life and art are one and the same. Details from his colourful biography have repeatedly been reflected in his provocative works. Born in Scotland, Clark graduated from the Royal Ballet School in London and danced with the famous Ballet Rambert. Inspired by Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Karole Armitage, he rebelled as dancer and choreographer extraordinaire against the crustiness of the ballet world and the impositions of politics and hypocrisy. In 1984 he founded his own company and toured the world many times with often audacious productions. He continues to collaborate closely with fashion designers, artists and avant-garde musicians. The Michael Clark Company has been based at the Barbican Centre in London since 2005.

ORGANIZER Tanz im August
Tanz im August is supported by means of the Capital City Cultural Funds from means of the Hauptstadtkulturfonds with the support of the governing mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Comissioned by Barbican, London. Co-produced by Barbican, London, Michael Clark Company, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Tramway, Glasgow.
Michael Clark Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Length 2h