Theo Clinkard works as a choreographer, movement director, performer, stage designer and teacher. In addition to these defined roles and the work he engages in creating, he actively generates important conversations within national and international dance communities and is regularly invited to bring his perspective to various platforms.
He was born in Cornwall and danced locally with Brigid Albrechtsen before starting full time training at Elmhurst Ballet School and The Rambert School. He started performing professionally at the age of seventeen and spent the following twenty years performing internationally in work by some of the UK's most celebrated choreographers including, Wayne McGregor / Random Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance, Bgroup, Bonachela Dance Co, New Art Club, Sydney Dance Co (Rehearsal Director /Artistic Associate), Fearghus O'Conchuir, Lea Anderson’s The Featherstonehaughs, Charles Linehan, Laila Diallo, Seke Chimutengwende, Fevered Sleep, Volcano / National Theatre Wales, Dog Kennel Hill, Walker Dance Park Music, Michael Keegan-Dolan (Houston Grand Opera), English National Opera and Matthew Bourne (Play Without Words at National Theatre/UK Tour/Tokyo, Nutcracker! at Sadler's Wells, Swan Lake on Broadway/Los Angeles/West End, Highland Fling, Cinderella and Spitfire at The Albert Hall).
In 2004 he co-founded the 'dancer run' dance company PROBE with Antonia Grove. Over 5 years they commissioned, produced and performed new and existing works by Yasmeen Godder, Trisha Brown, Stephen Mear, Jeremy James, New Art Club, Charles Linehan, Mark Bruce, Lea Anderson and Rafael Bonachela. They toured the works to Madrid, Barcelona and Venezuela and their performance of 'Soledad', a collaboration with Rafael Bonachela, won them 'The Guglielmo Ebreo Award' and 'The Critic's Choice Award' at The Biennale Danza e Italia 2006 in Italy.
Alongside his own creations, he has also toured 'Accumulation (1971)', an iconic signature work by the pioneering American choreographer Trisha Brown, widely regarded as the most significant choreographer to emerge from the postmodern era. He is the first man and the first non-company dancer to perform this legendary solo.
Clinkard has premiered 26 original dance works to date. When he is not creating work for his own company, he undertakes commissions from other professional companies, training institutions and youth companies. Most noteably, in 2015 he created 'Somewhat still when seen from above' for the dancers and technicians of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch as part of their very first evening of new work since the choreographers passing 6 years earlier. In 2016, he created 'The Listening Room' for 20 dancers at Danza Contemporanea De Cuba. The work premiered in the recently refurbished Gran Teatro de la Habana and toured across the UK in Spring 2017 through the Dance Consortium.
As a theatre designer, he works in opera, theatre, dance and live art including work for Opera La Scala, Malmö Opera, Scottish Opera, Sydney Dance Co, Skänes Dansteater and Scottish Dance Theatre.
As a movement director, he has worked on Stewart Laing's production of E.V. Crowe's 'The Sewing Group' at The Royal Court, Tim Crouch's 'The Complete Deaths of Shakespear' for Spymonkey and recently collaborated with Annabel Arden on a production of 'L'Enfant et Les Sortileges' for Opera North.
Theo is an Associate Artist at Brighton Dome, Dance4 and Greenwich Dance, a patron of Plymouth Dance and an Honorary Fellow at Plymouth University.