“Threepenny Pierrot, we love you”
Sad to report the passing of Lindsay Kemp, who died aged 80 on Friday night in the Italian port city of Livorno on the west coast of Tuscany.
Bowie fans will be most familiar with the dancer, mime artist and choreographer through his work with Bowie, particularly the Ziggy Stardust presentation at London's Rainbow Theatre in 1972. Mick Rock captured rehearsal footage of Lindsay and his troupe at rehearsals and utilised it in the quite beautiful, John, I'm Only Dancing video.
David had dance and mime lessons with Lindsay in Floral Street, Covent Garden, in 1967, later touring with him in Pierrot In Turquoise in the UK. The play contained a handful of Bowie originals (When I Live My Dream, Columbine, The Mirror and Threepeny Pierrot), and the performance was captured for posterity in a different 25 minute format for Scottish TV in 1970, wherein David performed When I Live My Dream up a step ladder as the character Cloud.
Read the full transcript of Michael Bonner’s interview with Lindsay Kemp about Bowie over at UNCUT.
Lindsay Kemp 3rd May 1938 - 24th August 2018