Over 5 years, Brighton-based choreographer and theatre designer, Theo Clinkard has built an international reputation for creating affecting and visually arresting works that explore the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. He launched his company in 2012 and subsequently created numerous works which have toured across the UK and internationally, including Hell Bent, Ordinary Courage, Of Land & Tongue and Chalk.
In 2015 he received his first professional commission from Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch where he created Somewhat still when seen from above for the dancers and theatre technicians of the company as part of their historic first evening of new work since the legendary choreographer passed away.
In 2016, he was invited to Havana to create The Listening Room for twenty dancers at Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. The piece will tour across the UK with Dance Consortium in 2017. Clinkard is currently creating This Bright Field, a new middle-sclae work for a cast of 12 dancers and set to live music. The creation process will further Clinkard's interest in the bridging potential between roles of the observer and observed, asking how we, as witnesses to the performed act, could experience dance though our own bodies. In turn, he will be working with his company to establish how their sensorial perception of their bodies, the space, the audience and each other informs and empowers their dancing. His aim with this work is to uniquely activate both performer and audience through use of scale and perspective and celebrate the subjective experience of the shared act.
This Bright Field is commissioned and co-produced by Dance4 and will premiere and tour across the UK in 2017. (Details available shortly at www.theoclinkard.com). Photo credit: Lee Robbins