Choreographer, Designer & Performer
Theo Clinkard was born in Cornwall and his current practice spans choreography, design, performance and pedagogy.
Following 20 years dancing for some of the UK’s most celebrated choreographers, he launched his own company in 2012 and has steadily built an international reputation for creating affecting and visually arresting work for small, middle and large-scale theatres as well as non-theatre settings.
Works for his company include Ordinary Courage (2012), Chalk (2014), Of Land & Tongue (2014), This Bright Field (2017) and The Elsewhen Series (2019) a co-creation with Leah Marojević.
Theo’s next company work Century Project will launch in 2021 and complete beyond our lifetimes in 2120. Taking place every 5 years upon a hand woven carpet that he is currently weaving by hand, 100-strong communities of dancers come together to engage in a practice of slowing the body and mapping the mind. An act of faith, whereby it’s continuation is entrusted to future generations, this human-scale yet epic work celebrates the embodied knowledge of the dancer while asking, how can we use long term thinking in order to be better ancestors?
International commissions include Somewhat still, when seen from above (Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch, 2015); The Listening Room (Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, 2016); Hot Mess (Candoco Dance Company, 2019); The Days for two renowned Finnish dancers, Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen; Helm , a work conceived for eight dancers with autism and/or learning disabilities (The Talent Hub, 2019)
Theo 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.