Workshop: THIS BRIGHT FIELD with Theo Clinkard
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Saturday 25 November
Choreographer, performer and stage designer, Theo Clinkard, will lead a workshop that draws upon his his body of choreographic work and provide an insight into the creative process behind This Bright Field, his new company work for 12 dancers, which comes to Laban Theatre on 28th October. Theo’s practice centres around the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. This Bright Field, follows his recent commissions for Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba.
10.30pm -12.30 pm CLASS
Theo’s class begins with simple exercises that aim to develop awareness and connection within the body, alongside perception games that explore participants relationship to themselves, 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 coordination and help participants find greater clarity in articulation. His class finishes up with phrase work that encourages playful, present and expansive dancing.
1.30pm - 5.30pm WORKSHOP
Following class, Theo will lead a session where participants are invited to explore, observe and discuss some of the ideas that lie at the heart of his current work, This Bright Field.
The production uses distinct shifts in perspective to consider private and public spaces, togetherness and empowerment and Theo will share some of the creative tasks and improvisations the company developed in the devising process. He will be exploring the use of the senses in pairs and in larger groups, inviting participants to consider framing and the experience of the viewer before finally leaving space for the group to constructively discuss what they witness. Theo will ensure an empowering atmosphere is created to enable all participants to flourish and make available various universal techniques and ideas that can enrich participants own practises, whether they are performers, dance makers or teachers.
Following 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, Scotland, Wales and New Zealand. Clinkard is an Associate Artist at Brighton Dome, Dance4 and Greenwich Dance and an Honorary Fellow at Plymouth University.