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ORDINARY COURAGE uses uses rousing and eloquent dance to examine the nature of loss and the capacity for movement and touch to communicate when words are inadequate.

Theo's inaugural group work, which he also self produced, choreographed and designed, premiered in December 2012 and features an international seven-strong cast, a luminous light box installation, lighting by Zerlina Hughes and a haunting score by Alan Stones that incorporates Scarlatti and Bach, performed live by the celebrated concert pianist Clíodna Shanahan.


The work toured throughout 2013/14 to 22 theatres across the U.K. including presentation at British Dance Edition 2014 and dates in Chile.          


ORDINARY COURAGE was created with funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and is supported by Dance4, South East Dance as a 'Made in Kent' commission, Greenwich Dance, Trinity Laban, The Point, Pavilion Dance South West, Bath ICIA, Dance Base Edinburgh and Chichester University.







"Clinkard's movement language is deceptive, its apparent simplicity that of well written dialogue. There's nothing that doesn't need to be there..."




"As a psychologist I am used to being moved by grief expressed through words and emotion. Ordinary Courage took me on a physical adventure through grief; inviting my body and senses to resonate with the energy, mystery and healing inherent in grief. Ordinary Courage thundered through my body awakening it to life."


Dr. Geoff Warburton (Psychologist)



"Ordinary Courage’ is expansive and full of light - literally. There is much to see and yet there is also a ringing simplicity about it. "