Theo Clinkard UK
Theo Clinkard studied at The Rambert School in London before spending twenty years performing work by a diverse range of choreographers, including Yasmeen Godder, Trisha Brown, Wayne McGregor, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Mathew Bourne, Siobhan Davies, Lea Anderson, Rafael Bonachela, Ben Wright, Charles Linehan, Fevered Sleep and Fin Walker among many others.
Currently based in Brighton, UK, his practice spans choreography, pedagogy, performance, design, movement direction and actively initiating dialogue around dance training, working conditions and nature of the art form through the various platforms available to him.
Since launching his own dance company in 2012, he has received invites to tour his choreographic work throughout the UK and internationally (Chile, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany) as well as presenting pieces at British Dance Edition (Edinburgh and Cardiff) and at the Internationale Tanzmesse NRW 2016 (Düsseldorf). Past company work includes Hell Bent (2012), Ordinary Courage (2012), Of Land & Tongue (2014) and Chalk (2014). This Bright Field (2017), Theo’s first large-scale company work for a cast of 13 performers premiered at Brighton Festival in May before touring the UK.
Recent international commissions include Somewhat still. when seen from above (2015) for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, which was presented as part of the renowned company’s very first evening of new work, and The Listening Room (2016) for Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, which premiered in Havana and toured the UK throughout 2017. Theo regularly choreographs for training institutions and post graduate companies including commissions in England, Austria, Chile, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France and New Zealand. He is currently planning a new duet work for non-theatre and gallery spaces, a new group work that will not be performed for 100 years and a new commissioned work for the inclusive dance company, Candoco.
Since 2015, Theo has been working closely with dance artist, Leah Marojević. Leah has collaborated on most of Theo’s productions within this period and her roles include that of performer, dramaturg, coach, outside eye, artistic advisor and copywriter.