Observations: Clark's art still belongs to Glasgow


A major new dance project from Michael Clark is taking place this weekend on the last days of the Cultural Olympiad in the legendary, burger-scented Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow. It's held multiple resonances over the past 78 years: originally as a dancehall for traders, now as an old-fashioned live music venue.

It's this cumulative aura that celebrated Scots choreographer Clark will seek to evoke with his Barrowlands Project, a community-focused dance project which relocates the spirit of the 2012 London Olympics to the location of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Clark's company perform alongside 50 local participants chosen on the strength of their application statements.It's to be hoped that Clark's work fulfils the ambition of one woman whose simple request is “to be part of something Glaswegian.”

The Barrowlands Project, Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow (barrowlandsproject.com) today and Sunday