Theo Clinkard was born in Cornwall and his current practice spans choreography, design, performance, mentoring and pedagogy.
Following 20 years dancing for some of the UK’s most celebrated choreographers; Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor, Siobhan Davies, Rafael Bonachela among others, 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), 'The Elsewhen Series’ (2019) a co-creation with Leah Marojević and the film 'Bent Wood' (2020).
International commissions include ‘Somewhat still, when seen from above’ (2015) for Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch, ‘The Listening Room’ (2016) for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, ‘Hot Mess’ (2019) for Candoco Dance Company, 'The Days' for 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.
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 constellations of dancers come together to engage in a practice of slowing the body and mapping the mind.
Theo 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.
In response to the affect of lockdown on graduating dance students, Theo co-conceived and ran the website 'Understory' with Grace Nicol. Together they invited 120 people working in dance to share their unique career pathways as a show of support and a resource for emerging artists.
As a movement director, he has collaborated with Stewart Laing, Annabel Arden, Tim Crouch, Spymonkey, spent 2 years working on world tours and videos with Kylie Minogue and has just worked on the forthcoming 'Good Luck to you Leo Grande' starring Emma Thompson' and directed by Sophie Hyde.
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.