Following twenty years performing in work by many of the UK’s most celebrated dance makers (Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor, Siobhan Davies, The Featherstonehaughs among others), Brighton based choreographer, performer and stage designer, Theo has swiftly built an international reputation for creating compelling and visually arresting dance works.
In 2012, he launched his own company to develop a portfolio of work that explores the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. He has toured his work extensively across the UK and internationally (Chile, Switzerland, Germany), receiving critical and audience acclaim as well as invites to present work at the prestigious British Dance Edition (Edinburgh and Cardiff) and at Internationale Tanzmesse NRW 2016 in Dusseldorf. Past company works include Hell Bent (2012), Ordinary Courage (2012), Of Land & Tongue (2014) and Chalk (2014).
Clinkard is currently planning THIS BRIGHT FIELD, his new full-length production for 12 dancers and live music due to premiere at Brigton Festival in May 2017 (guest Artistic Direcor Kate Tempest)
Outside of his company work, Clinkard is currently undertaking a range of high profile international commissions. In 2015 he created 'Somewhat still when seen from above' for the dancers and technicians of TANZTHEATER WUPPERTAL PINA BAUSCH as part of their very first evening of new work since the choreographers passing 6 years earlier. In 2016, he created THE LISTENING ROOM for 20 dancers at DANZA CONTEMPORANEA DE CUBA. The work premiered in the recently refurbished Gran Teatro de la Habana and is set to toured across the UK in Spring 2017 through the Dance Consortium.
To date, Clinkard has premiered 22 original dance works, many of them created for training institutions and youth companies in England, Austria, Chile, Ireland, Wales and New Zealand.
Alongside his own creations, he has also toured 'Accumulation (1971)', an iconic signature work by the pioneering American choreographer Trisha Brown, widely regarded as the most significant choreographer to emerge from the postmodern era. He is the first man and the first non-company dancer to perform this legendary solo.
Clinkard was born in Cornwall and danced locally with Brigid Albrechtsen before starting full time training at Elmhurst Ballet School and The Rambert School. He started working professionally at the age of seventeen and spent the following twenty years performing internationally in work by some of the UK's most celebrated choreographers including, Wayne McGregor / Random Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance, Bgroup, Bonachela Dance Co, New Art Club, Sydney Dance Co (Rehearsal Director /Artistic Associate), Lea Anderson’s The Featherstonehaughs, Charles Linehan, Laila Diallo, Seke Chimutengwende, Fevered Sleep, Volcano / National Theatre Wales, Dog Kennel Hill, Walker Dance Park Music, Michael Keegan-Dolan (Houston Grand Opera), English National Opera and Matthew Bourne; Play Without Words at National Theatre/UK Tour/Tokyo, Nutcracker! at Sadler's Wells, Swan Lake on Broadway/Los Angeles/West End, Highland Fling, Cinderella and Spitfire at The Albert Hall).
In 2004 he co-founded the 'dancer run' dance company PROBE with Antonia Grove. Over 5 years they commissioned, produced and performed new and existing works by Yasmeen Godder, Trisha Brown, Stephen Mear, Jeremy James, New Art Club, Charles Linehan, Mark Bruce, Lea Anderson and Rafael Bonachela. They toured the works to Madrid, Barcelona and Venezuela and their performance of 'Soledad', a collaboration with Rafael Bonachela, won them 'The Guglielmo Ebreo Award' and 'The Critic's Choice Award' at The Biennale Danza e Italia 2006 in Italy.
As a movement director, he has worked on Stewart Laing's production of E.V. Crowe's The Sewing Group at The Royal Court, Tim Crouch's The Complete Deaths of Shakespear for Spymonkey and is collaborating with Annabel Arden on a production of L'Enfant et Les Sortileges for Opera North.
As a theatre designer, heworks in opera, theatre, dance and live art including work for Opera La Scala, Malmö Opera, Scottish Opera, Sydney Dance Co, Skänes Dansteater and Scottish Dance Theatre.
Theo is an Associate Artist at Brighton Dome, Dance4 and Greenwich Dance and a patron of Plymouth Dance.