International Summer Intensive

Plymouth Dance in Partnership with Plymouth University are vey pleased to announce our first ever International Summer Intensive which will be led by  Theo Clinkard.


Join us at Plymouth University for the first week long International Summer Intensive with Internationally renowned Dance Maker Theo Clinkard hosted by Plymouth Dance in Partnership with Plymouth University.
Please direct any booking enquires to

Tailored towards professional dance artists and recent graduates, this intensive with choreographer Theo Clinkard is centred around his ongoing research towards a new work for a larger group of dancers with a view to enriching participants own practice as performers, dance makers and teachers. Starting each day with a generous two hour class that is both challenging and playful, followed by a focused session where participants can delve into and discuss some of the ideas he is currently concerned with before developing material through exploratory and creative tasks and dancing together as a group.

Theo begins his working day with a release based class. Starting with simple exercises that develop awareness and connection within the dancing body and perception games for people to relate themselves to each other and to the space they are inhabiting. Through a balance of improvised movement and designed movement patterns his class is then devised to challenge dancers coordination and help them find greater clarity in articulation. He finishes up with expansive phrase work that encourages playful, present and expansive dancing.


Theo Clinkard is a Cornwall born, Brighton-based choreographer, dancer and theatre designer. For 20 years he has performed with many of the UK’s most celebrated companies (Siobhan Davies Dance, Random Dance, Matthew Bourne, Bgroup, Rafael Bonachela, New Art Club and The Featherstonehaughs among others) as well as for 5 years co-directing the dancer run company, PROBE with Antonia Grove.
In 2012, he formed his own seven-strong company to develop a portfolio of eloquent and visually arresting works that explore the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. He has created two full-length evenings of work ‘Ordinary Courage’ (2012) and ‘Of Land & Tongue’ (2014), which includes ‘Chalk’ the duet he performs with composer James Keane.
Theo is currently planning ‘This Bright Field’; for 12 dancers, due to premiere in Spring 2017.
Theo has created numerous commissioned works including ‘The Listening Room’ Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (2016), ‘somewhat still when seen from above’ (2015) Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, ‘My Dance, Your Touch’ (2015) Transitions Dance Company, ‘We Become Panoramic’ Verve, Wo/Manmade (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance S.E.A.D.) as well as various creations for youth dance companies.
Alongside his choreographic work, Theo regularly leads international workshop residencies and teaches at the vocational schools and the major international dance companies (Pina Bausch, Culberg, DV8, Carte Blanche, Sydney Dance, Rambert, Scottish Dance Theatre, National Dance Company Wales, Danish Dance Theatre, Skanes Dansteater, Ballet Boyz, Michael Clark, New Adventures and Candoco).
Theo is a Resident Artist at Greenwich Dance and an Associate Artist at Dance4.

Food and Accommodation
If you require food and accommodation for the Summer Intensive we have negotiated a excellent package with the University. You will have three meals a day (Cooked breakfast, packed lunch and hot evening meal) and be accommodated within the university campus in a single occupancy room with a shared bathroom. If you would prefer your own bathroom there will be a extra charge of £10 per night.

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