To support the national tour of Gary Clarke’s new dance theatre production COAL, members of Gary Clarke Company will deliver a workshop for Groundwork Pro on Saturday 26th November, 1pm – 4pm.

Marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/5 British miners’ strike, COAL is a riveting dance theatre show which takes a nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face. Strong, powerful and emotive, COAL explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry unearthing the true nature and body wrecking demands of a working class industry now almost forgotten.

Artistic Director Gary Clarke is currently regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent dance artists who has received great appreciation for his work as a Choreographer, Director, Performer, Mentor, Teacher and Facilitator. He has developed a growing reputation for creating extraordinary dance work of various sizes and scales which has received praise from critics, audiences, producers, national dance agencies and venues in the UK and abroad.

Gary has developed a wealth of choreographic experience in creating site-specific works (in pubs, clubs, graveyards and galleries) as well as full-length productions for stage. His work is renowned for its thought provoking nature; its visually striking imagery and idiosyncratic style.

Since 2003, Gary Clarke Company has received regular support and funding from Arts Council England and numerous National Dance Agencies and venues to create an impressive body of work which has received both critical and audience acclaim and has toured extensively both nationally and internationally.

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