In 2015, Clinkard was invited to create a work for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch to be part of 'Neue Stucke', the companies very first evening of work since the director passed away and Clinkard's very first commission for a professional company.
Somewhat still, when seen from above considered ephemerality. What might remain when so much of what we experience is in a constant state of dissapearance? What kind of imprint might we leave in the minds and bodies of others when we are no longer presenent?
The work featured nine performers and nince technicians of the company and was set to an original score by James Keane which incorporated 'The Lark Ascending' performed live on solo violin. Clinkard's design for the work included a landscape of six meter almunium ladders, atop which, the technicians created an weather system of clouds.
“The dancers perform with a radiant precision, but it is in the transcendent thread of the Vaughan Williams solo that Clinkard encapsulates the double dynamic of his choreography, drawing us into the intimacy of the dancers’ interactions, but also imposing a distance, as if observing from a bird’s-eye view.
Sitting in the packed theatre, I doubt I was the only one to imagine the spirit of Bausch was observing them, too.”