Theo Clinkard was born in Cornwall and currently based in Devon. His current practice spans choreography, design, performance, mentoring and teaching.
Across 2022 Theo has been involved in a series of projects including, BBC Young Dancer of the year where he acted as a mentor, dramaturg, workshop leader and choreographing the forthcoming feature film 'Good Luck to you Leo Grande' starring Emma Thompson' and directed by Sophie Hyde. He has just completed a 2 week UK tour of his first full-length duet work, ‘The Days’, created for renowned Finnish dancers; Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen in 2018. Theo will join the dancers on a tour of Vancouver Island, Canada this June.
Theo is planning a new work entitled ‘Century Project'. Taking place every 5 years upon a hand woven carpet that he is currently weaving by hand, 100-strong constellations of dancers come together to engage in a practice of slowing the body and mapping the mind across 100 years.
After graduating from Rambert School in 1996, Theo spent many years as a dancer, performing in work by Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor, Trisha Brown, Yasmeen Godder, Siobhan Davies, Leah Anderson, New Art Club, Charles Linehan, Rafael Bonachela among many others.
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), 'The Elsewhen Series’ (2019) a co-creation with Leah Marojević and the film 'Bent Wood' (2020).
International commissions include ‘Somewhat still, when seen from above’ (2015) for Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch, ‘The Listening Room’ (2016) for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, ‘Hot Mess’ (2019) for Candoco Dance Company and ‘Helm’ (2019), a work conceived for the eight dancers with autism and/or learning disabilities from The Talent Hub.
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, Slovenia, France, Spain, Cuba, Italy, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
In response to the effect of lockdown on graduating dance students, Theo co-conceived and ran the website 'Understory' together with Grace Nicol. They invited 120 people working in dance to share their unique career pathways as a show of support and a resource for graduating dance artists amidst .
As a movement director, he has collaborated with Stewart Laing, Annabel Arden, Tim Crouch, Spymonkey, spent 2 years working on world tours and videos with Kylie Minogue.
Theo is an Associate Artist at Brighton Dome and The Hall for Cornwall and an Honorary Fellow at Plymouth University.
Photo: Zoe Manders