Clinkard’s practice spans choreography, theatre design, performance and pedagogy whilst actively initiating dialogues with fellow dance artists and institutions regarding training, working conditions, touring and the nature of the artform. Since launching his company in 2012, he has steadily built an international reputation for creating affecting and visually arresting work that celebrates dancers and dancing.
Clinkard’s process begins by responding to context and designing unique situations for audiences and specific casts of performers, as environments for memorable connection. He is inspired by the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance.
Increasingly, Clinkard 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. He is currently committed to developing his practice by engaging dancers from many spectrums of difference and consciously crafting his work in response to the many perspectives in the room and the unique conversation they share.