Hot Mess

By Theo Clinkard
Latest work
Hot Mess (noun) A person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered, especially one that is a source of peculiar fascination (Oxford Dictionary). Work by Theo Clinkard.

From internationally renowned choreographer and designer Theo Clinkard, Hot Mess is an unpredictable and anarchic performance set to a pounding, eclectic score by award-winning music artist, Joe Newman of alt-J.

Led by Theo’s exploration of ‘consciously unknowing’ as a vital creative source, Candoco’s phenomenal dancers fearlessly embrace spontaneity and uncertainty as they navigate an environment that is constantly in flux.

Art installation meets dance piece in this explosive new work by the company that continues to expand perceptions of what dance can be.

With recent creations for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and the acclaimed work created for his own company, Theo has steadily built an international reputation for his affecting and visually arresting work that foregrounds the communicative and empathetic brilliance of the moving body.

It feels like a huge privilege to spend each day with these extraordinary dancers. Their capacity for engaging with ideas and deeply investing a physical conversation is unlike any other company that I’ve worked with. I hope to craft a work that they’ll love performing for years to come and, judging by the tingling hairs on the back of my neck, a dance of quiet power and celebratory chaos is emerging for this company’s ever-expanding fan base.
Theo Clinkard

Production details

Concept, Direction and Stage Design

Theo Clinkard

Realisation and Performance

The dancers

Artistic Collaboration

Leah Marojević

Lighting Design

Jackie Shemesh

Costume and Sculpture Design

Rike Zöllner

Costume Assistant

Nina Genre


Joe Newman

Music Production

Adam Connor and Charlie Andrew

Dramaturgical Support

Martin Hargreaves

Original Cast

Megan Armishaw, Joel Brown, Mickaella Dantas, Olivia Edginton, Laura Patay, Toke Broni Strandby, Nicolas Vendange

World Premiere

3 October 2019, Warwick Arts Centre


11+ (contains strong language)

Trigger Warnings

Some flashing lights

Commissioned by

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Supported by

The Leche Trust and PRS Foundation (for original music)


ASOS for support with costumes and to Fabian Jackson



Running Time

30 minutes


11+ Contains Strong Language