Choreographer and stage designer, Theo Clinkard, will lead a one day workshop that draws upon his his body of choreographic work and gives an insight into the various creative processes that have brought these works to life. Theo’s practice centres around the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. He regularly creates work for his company of twelve dancers and has recently premiered commissioned dance works for ‘Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch’ and ‘Danza Contemporanea de Cuba’.CLASSEach day will start with a 2 hour class that begins with simple exercises that aim to develop awareness and connection within the body, alongside perception games that explore participants relationship to each other and to the space they inhabit. Through a balance of improvised movement generation and learnt movement patterns his class is then devised to challenge dancers coordination and help them find greater clarity in articulation. He finishes up with phrase work that encourages playful, present and expansive dancing.WORKSHOPFollowing class, Theo will lead a 3 hour session where participants are invited to put into action, observe and discuss some of the ideas that lie at the heart of his current choreographic work.Theo’s dance works avoid explicit narrative or biography, yet they always attempt to bring the ‘person’ doing the action to the fore. His workshops are geared around finding ways in which performers can practice being available to be seen through vividly experiencing and revealing the moment they are physically engaged in. Through dancing in pairs and in larger groups, he will use exploratory and creative tasks that engage touch and sight to encourage a heightened physical awareness and vivid presence in motion. These universal techniques and ideas are intended to enrich participants own practises whether they are performers, dance makers or teachers.BIOGRAPHYFollowing twenty years performing in work by many of the UK’s most celebrated dance makers, Brighton based choreographer, performer and stage designer, Theo Clinkard has swiftly built an international reputation for creating compelling and visually arresting dance works.In 2012, he launched his own company and has subsequently toured his work extensively across the UK and internationally (Chile, Switzerland, Germany), receiving critical and audience acclaim as well as invites to present at the prestigious British Dance Edition (Edinburgh and Cardiff) and at Internationale Tanzmesse NRW 2016 in Dusseldorf. Past company works include Hell Bent (2012), Ordinary Courage (2012), Of Land & Tongue (2014) and Chalk (2014). This Bright Field (2017), Theo’s latest company work for twelve international performers, premiered at Brighton Festival in May this year and is now touring.Theo has also undertaken a range of high profile international commissions including Somewhat still when seen from above (2015) for Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch, which was presented as part of their historic first evening of work since the legendary choreographer died in 2009, and The Listening Room (2016) for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba which toured across the UK in Spring 2017.He has premiered 26 original dances to date, many of them created for training institutions and youth companies in England, Austria, Chile, Ireland, Wales and New Zealand. Clinkard is an Associate Artist at Brighton Dome, Dance4 and Greenwich Dance.www.theoclinkard.comHinnat: