Gary Clarke Company is a project based company based in Yorkshire and is led by Artistic Director Gary Clarke and Producer Annabel Dunbar.
Community, communication, education and entertainment is at the heart of the company’s work and with an esteemed team of creative collaborators, the company produce cutting edge dance theatre work that comments on both popular and political culture with strong narratives and striking visuals.
Gary Clarke - Artistic Director
Artistic Director Gary Clarke is an inaugural Honorary Fellow at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is currently regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent dance artists. He has received great appreciation for his work as a Choreographer, Director, Performer, Mentor, Teacher and Facilitator. He has worked with some of the worlds most prolific dance companies and choreographers and has developed a growing reputation for creating his own extraordinary dance work of various sizes and scales which has received both critical and audience acclaim.
As a choreographer his work has toured extensively both nationally and internationally to a variety of prestigious venues and festivals including The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Opera House, Spring Loaded at The Place, British Dance Edition, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Pulse Fringe Festival, Touchwood, Junge Hunde International Dance and Theatre Festival, City to City Cabaret, Hull Dance, LABAN Autumn Season, Liverpool’s LEAP Festival, City Steps Festival, Light Night and Homotopia.
In 2016 Gary created COAL – his first full length mid-scale touring production which was an immediate success playing to sell out audiences in over 30 venues across the country and as part of the world renowned Ruhrfestspiele Festival in Reckinghausen – Germany. Hailed by critics as ’emotional dynamite’ COAL won a UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance, a Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Independent Company and was nominated for the ETC Knight of Illumination Award for Best Light Design.
Gary has also created notable works for other companies and organisations including: The Troth for Akademi, which premiered at the Jaipur Literature Festival before touring extensively throughout India and the UK picking up a Herald Angel Award and The Summerhall Lustrum Award for its run at The Edinburgh Festival, This Is An Island for Sky Arts Art 50 Project, Compound for Leeds Dance Partnership Launch, Into The Light for Hull City of Culture 2017 & LGBT 50, Beethoven for Anjali Dance Company and Petroglyph for Dance4’s Changing Perceptions Project. He has also choreographed Opera North’s acclaimed touring productions of Hansel and Gretel and Street Scene.
Gary was commissioned to choreograph a number of large scale productions to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games including: Overworlds & Underworlds in collaboration with The Quay Brothers, Games Time produced by DEDA, HOME for Birmingham International Dance Festival, The Opening Ceremony for the arrival of The Olympic Torch in Leeds, Just 30 to celebrate 30 years of Yorkshire Dance and The Yorkshire Flock for Big Dance. In the same year he was selected by Dance4 in Nottingham to take part in European in Motion facilitated by Jonathan Burrows and Gerald Nestler as part of Brut Imagetanz Festival in Vienna.
Other commissioned work includes: Phoenix Dance Theatre, StopGAP Dance Company, Ludus Dance Company, Mimbre Circus Company, Dance Limerick, Surrey Dance Collective, Ascendance REP, Taciturn Dance Company, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Trinity LABAN, Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, MAP Dance, 12 Degrees North Dance Company, Newcastle University, York St John School of Arts, Edge Hill University, Bedford University, The UK’s Centre for Advanced Training Scheme’s (CAT), Homotopia, The Pink Fringe Brighton, Space2, Edge FWD, Brick Box, Hannah Ringham, David Hoyle, Splinters Youth Dance at Dance East, County Youth Dance Company at The Talisen Arts Centre, South Yorkshire Youth Dance Company, Rutherford Youth Dance and Ludus Youth Dance Company.
Gary has also been a Movement Director for theatre companies including Brighton’s People Theatre, Shooting Fish Theatre Company, Inky Cloak Theatre and Bent Architect Theatre Company.
In 2004 Gary Clarke became Artist in Residence at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and received the Artist Development Award from Danceworks UK which was presented to him by iconic British choreographer Michael Clark. In 2009 he became an Associate Artist at Yorkshire Dance under the LIFT programme and was honoured with The Gary Clarke Dance Award from the Department of Creative Media and Entertainment Industries. 1998 he was the first recipient of The Brian Glover Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts and Dance and in 2011 was invited by Royal Command to Buckingham Palace to meet Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip to acknowledge his outstanding contribution to the arts. Throughout his career, Gary has been mentored by renowned choreographers Javier De Frutos, Wendy Houstoun and the late Nigel Charnock.
As a performer Gary has worked with dance companies and choreographers of international standing including Lea Anderson’s The Cholmondeleys & The Featherstonehaughs, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre, Liv Lorent’s balletLORENT, Candoco Dance Company / Jerome Bel, Bock & Vincenzi, Retina Dance Company, Nigel Charnock + Company, Frauke Redquart and David Rosenberg, Fuel Theatre, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Maresa Von Stockert & Tilted Productions, Sadlers Wells & Young Vic Productions, TC Howard, Compagnie Felix Ruckert, Polar Produce Productions, Future Cinema and ACE Dance & Music.
He has also worked as a movement specialist on a number of large scale feature films including World War Z, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Mummy. He is also featured in Maximo Parks hit music video single Brain Cells.
Gary’s extensive performance experience spans the areas of dance, theatre, film and live art.
Gary has a wealth of experience in delivering both education and outreach work and has led projects in collaboration with Greenwich Dance Agency (GDA), The Place, BBC 3 / Phoenix Dance Theatre, The South Bank Centre, Tate Modern, The Royal Festival Hall and West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2013 and 2018 he was the Artistic Director on the Dance4’s Dance for Camera Summer Intensive where he collaborated with film maker Josh Hawkins.
Gary is currently a board member at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is The Vice President of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.
Artistic Direction: Gary Clarke
Producer: Annabel Dunbar
Company Associate: Alistair Goldsmith
Administration: Katie Bough
Finance Manager: Jane Whitehead
Production Consultant: Nia Wood
Production Manager (Premiere): Adam Eastwood
Technical Manager & Re-Lighter (Touring): Chris Copland
Production Technician & Stage Manager: Elb Hall
Marketing Manager: Tiffany Evans
Engagement Manager: Laura Barber
Press and PR: John Highfield
Digital Consultants: HdK Associates
Filming: Josh Hawkins
Photography: Joe Armitage
Graphic Design: Up For Grabs
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Lighting, Rave Soundscape & Film Projection Design: Charles Webber
Costume and Set Design: Ryan Dawson Laight
Musical Director: Steven Roberts
Soundscape Design: Daniel Thomas
Script and Text: Lewis Hellewell
Associate Costume Designer: Hannah Boothman
Assistant Musical Director: Charles Rhodes
Graffiti Art Work: Nicolas Vendange
Smiley Riot Shields: Courtesy of Jimmy Cauty
Researcher: Afi Khan
Hair Styling: Jon Kinsey Salon