In 2017, GQ and Gucci debuted “The Performers,” documenting the pilgrimage of five influential men to unexpected places that have shaped their spirit and vision. For 2018, the creative collaboration has been renewed for an additional five acts, which will continue to explore the influence and inspiration behind some of the world’s most original creatives, says GQ.
Dylan Jones, Editor of British GQ and Executive Producer of the series, comments: “This continued collaboration presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase ‘The Performers’, culturally relevant talents who inspire us, markers of taste, class and creativity. Michael Clark showcasing his restless creativity is a fitting way to debut Act VI.”
Act VI, marks the return of “The Performers” series with maverick Scottish dancer and choreographer Michael Clark, leading a “bold and immersive” series of performances in Tokyo’s love hotels. Having begun dancing at the age of four, Clark trained professionally at the Royal Ballet School. Describing his experience, he recalled; “I didn’t fit in. Not because of the work ethic but because, well, it was the late Seventies and punk happened. I was drawn to its energy, the chaos of it all.”
In line with tastes of his own, Clark founded his own dance group, the Michael Clark Company, working with some of Britain’s most exceptional post punk outsiders, such as performance artist Leigh Bowery to Mark E Smith of The Fall.
Clark returns to Japan for this journey, captured by director Johnny Hardstaff, having forged a connection with the country while performing there in the 1980s with his mother and Bowery. “I think Japan discovered me before I discovered myself. They took my work seriously which meant a great deal to me,” he says. “It’s poignant to be back.” Reflecting his anti-establishment aesthetic, Clark channels Bowie with a bold and colourful act, styled by British GQ’s Fashion Director, Luke Day, say the publishers.
Further acts will be published throughout 2018.
Links / further reading: watch the film.