Theo Clinkard is Cornish born and West Yorkshire based and his current practice spans choreography, design, performance and pedagogy.
Following 20 years dancing for some of the UK’s most celebrated choreographers, he launched his own company in 2012 and has steadily built an international reputation for creating affecting and visually arresting work for small, middle and large-scale theatres as well as non-theatre settings.
Works for his company include ‘Ordinary Courage’ (2012), ‘Chalk’ (2014), ‘Of Land & Tongue’ (2014), ‘This Bright Field’ (2017) and 'The Elsewhen Series’ (2019) a co-creation with Leah Marojević.
Theo’s next company work ‘Century Project’ will launch in 2021 and complete beyond our lifetimes in 2120. Taking place every 5 years upon a hand woven carpet that he is currently weaving by hand, 100-strong communities of dancers come together to engage in a practice of slowing the body and mapping the mind. An act of faith, whereby it’s continuation is entrusted to future generations, this human-scale yet epic work celebrates the embodied knowledge of the dancer while asking, how can we use long term thinking in order to be better ancestors?
International commissions include ‘Somewhat still, when seen from above’ (2015) for Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch and ‘The Listening Room’ (2016) for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, ‘Hot Mess’ (2019) for Candoco Dance Company, 'The Days' for two renowned Finnish dancers; Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen and ‘Helm’ (2019), a work conceived for the eight dancers with autism and/or learning disabilities from The Talent Hub.
Clinkard regularly leads intensives workshops, residencies and classes internationally for professional companies, dance organisations and training institutions, including engagements in Chile, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Wales, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, United States, France, Spain, Cuba, Italy, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
As a movement director/choreographer in non-dance settings, he has collaborated with Stewart Laing, Annabel Arden, Tim Crouch, Spymonkey and spent 2 years working on world tours and videos with Kylie Minogue.
Clinkard is an Associate Artist at Brighton Dome and The Hall for Cornwall and an Honorary Fellow at Plymouth University.
Clinkard’s choreography has an unforced,
unhurried quality, that is very much of the moment.
He muses, tinkers around with his material like a bloke in a shed,
and then, quietly and deftly, pulls the loose ends together,
the result is intimate, human-scale and charged with joy.