Theo Clinkard (choreography)
Clinkard’s practice spans choreography, theatre design, performance and pedagogy. Since launching his company in 2012, he has steadily built an international reputation for creating affecting and visually arresting work that focuses on the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance.
Through his work, Clinkard celebrates dancers and dancing. His process begins by responding to context and designing unique situations for audiences and specific casts of performers, as environments for memorable connection. Increasingly, he is working with somatic practices and the imaginative realm, to understand how the performer’s live enquiry can articulate a landscape of feelings and ideas for the viewer.
Clinkard creates work for small, middle and large-scale theatres as well as non-theatre settings. Company productions include Ordinary Courage, Of Land & Tongue and This Bright Field; his recent large-scale work for twelve dancers and live music that was co-produced by Dance4 and premiered at Brighton Festival, before touring the UK. His company have toured to Chile, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany and presented work at both British Dance Edition and Tanzmesse in 2016. Commissions include, Somewhat still, when seen from above for Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch and The Listening Room for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba.
Forthcoming commissions include Candoco Dance Company (2019) and a new work for twelve dancers with autism or learning disabilities, commissioned by ‘The Talent Hub’ (2019). Clinkard is an Associate Artist at Brighton Dome and Festival, Dance4 and an Honorary Fellow of Plymouth University.