Theo Clinkard's New Work THIS BRIGHT FIELD to Receive its World Premiere During Brighton Festival 2017

By: Feb. 15, 2017
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Choreographer and stage designer Theo Clinkard, announces details of his highly anticipated new work This Bright Field. The full-length production will receive its world premiere on Thursday 25 May, as part of Brighton Festival 2017.

Following the success of Clinkard's recent high profile commissions - Somewhat still, when seen from above for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and The Listening Room for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba - This Bright Field is Clinkard's latest work for his own celebrated company.

This Bright Field is conceived in two distinct parts and Clinkard with a company of twelve exceptional dancers have crafted an event that looks intimately at the human condition considering the subjective and objective gaze within private and public spaces.

Audiences are invited in small groups to share the stage with the performers as they deftly collapse and expand a mobile instillation, directing and editing the audiences' experience of their dancing. Captivating and unrepeatable exchanges are instigated between audience and performer within the domestic worlds created.

The audience, now seated, collectively witness a luminous expanse in the second part and are presented with surprising visceral terrains of movement, sound and imagery that produce a dynamic landscape of emboldened collective energy.

Clinkard's striking designs, an international cast, live music by acclaimed composer James Keane and lighting by renowned designer Guy Hoare, ensure memorable encounters and an empowered experience of togetherness.

This Bright Field draws on an international cast of outstanding dancers and performers: Temitope Ajose-Cutting (England); Pau Aran Gimeno (Spain); Natalie Corne (Wales); Nick Coutsier (Belgium); Luke Divall (England); Mathieu Geffré (France); James Keane (England); Meri Pajunpää (Finland); Colas Lucot (France); Leah Marojevic (England); Stephanie McMann (England); Antonin Rioche (France); and Crystal Zillwood (England).

Stage Designs for This Bright Field will be created by Clinkard himself. Clinkard has worked as a stage designer for over 15 years (Sydney Dance, Malmo Opera, Skanes Dansteater, Opera La Scala, Scottish Opera and Scottish Dance Theatre among others) and conceives the designs for his own work in parallel with his choreographic thinking.

Clinkard is reunited with regular collaborators for This Bright Field.

Live music is composed and performed by James Keane. Having worked with Clinkard as composer Of Land & Tongue, Chalk and Somewhat still, when seen from above, Keane has recently composed for Charles Linehan's A Quarter plus Green that premiered at Brighton Festival in 2016. Other work includes creations for Clod Ensemble, Joss Arnott and many years touring as a musician with Hofesh Shechter Company.

Guy Hoare (Lighting Designer) has been designing lighting for theatre, dance, opera and musicals for almost twenty years. His designs for dance have been seen all over the world and include pieces for Sydney Dance Company, Christopher Bruce, Arthur Pita, Shobana Jeyasingh, Mark Bruce, Ben Wright and Claire Cunningham. Hoare lit Clinkard's Of Land & Tongue and Chalk.

This Bright Field is a Dance4 co-production. Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival, Dance4, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, The Lowry and Tramway, with additional support from Greenwich Dance The Point and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Clinkard commented: "I'm incredibly excited that Brighton Festival have invited me to premiere This Bright Field at the glorious Concert Hall at Brighton Dome. It is a real pleasure to be sharing the work in my hometown and working with such a mindful and generous organisation. Rehearsals with the twelve dancers are underway and what is emerging in the studio is already absorbing to witness and has an urgent vitality that is somehow timely. Continuing the long standing collaborative relationships I have with my creative team and a new relationship with Independent Producer Annabel Dunbar, will mean we can push all of our work further and, as I see it, craft a memorable event that contributes something distinct to the bigger conversation of this year's Festival."

Clinkard continued: "Four years ago, Dance4 invited me to consider making a work for a larger stage and in the time since, I have received some remarkable opportunities to create commissioned works to 'cut my teeth' as it were. This Bright Field constitutes the first work for my own group in three years and I am charged with the need to create a surprising and affecting event that is reflective of the new world we recently entered into. I am hopeful and I believe in the immense power of people dancing."

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