Theo Clinkard is based in West Yorkshire and his practice spans choreography, pedagogy, performance and design.
Since launching his company in 2012, he has steadily built an international reputation for creating affecting and visually arresting dances for small to large-scale theatres as well as non-theatre settings.
Past company productions include Ordinary Courage, Chalk, Of Land & Tongue and This Bright Field and his company have toured to Chile, Ireland, Switzerland, and Germany.
Current works include The Elsewhen Series; a set of duet scores for gallery and museum spaces that he has co-authored with regular his collaborator, Leah Marojević and a new group work The Century Project (working title) that will not premiere until 2120.
Recent commissioned works include Somewhat still, when seen from above for Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch and The Listening Room for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, whilst a new work for Candoco Dance Company will premiere in October 2019.
Clinkard 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.
He is an Associate Artist at Brighton Dome & Festival, Dance4 and an Honorary Fellow at Plymouth University.
At the heart of Clinkard's practice is an interest in the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. His dance works are usually conceived in response to context or space; designing unique audience/performer situations that engender fresh ways of experiencing dance. He intends to construct environments for memorable connection by foregrounding the dancers subjective experience within the worlds he constructs, to articulate a landscape of feelings and ideas for the observer.
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.