Ali Clarke

Ali Clarke is a contemporary dancer born in Wicklow, Ireland. In 2020, she received a Dance Ireland LaunchPad Award. Ali is the recipient of a 2021 Dance Ireland HATCH Award.

Ali Clarke is an Irish born choreographer and contemporary dancer with a degree in Dance Performance from Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg (NL). During her studies she had the opportunity to work with talented teachers and choreographers who helped her to develop a strong vision of dance.

In 2016 she initiated the company KNOT Kollektiv and has been building her repertoire as a choreographer since. KNOT Kollektiv is a nomadic, interdisciplinary company existing on the .crossroads between dance and circus with a strong focus on the creation of interactive performances which bring the audience together as a community. KNOT Kollektiv is internationally recognised with support from Chassé Theater and Podium Bloos in the Netherlands, Tanzwuchs Freiburg in Germany and the Courthouse Arts Centre in Ireland.

As a creator Ali’s work has been influenced by a desire to create a more interactive and experiential format for performances. Ali's work is supported by the Irish Arts Council, Chassé Theater NL and Wicklow Country Council. Her work is characterised by her strong trans-disciplinary approach and her passion for exploring the interface between public and performer. Her work has been awarded widely including the Creation Artists trajectory from Carlow Arts Festival and Dublin Dance Festival ('21/22), the fAUNA Residency Award ('21), the Dance Ireland HATCH Award ('21) and LaunchPad Award ('20), an Arts Council Ireland Dance Bursary ('21) and Professional Development Award ('20), the Chassé Theater Culture Funds Award ('19), the Cafe Theater Festival Award for Young Audiences ('18) and more.

Besides her choreographic work Ali also works as a freelance choreographer and performer with the Brussels based dance company Untamed Productions with whom she has toured in Europe and South America. Ali currently teaches Concept Development, Production of Dance and Contemporary Dance Technique modules in the professional dance diploma course Performact in Portugal. There she also acts as a coach and mentor for choreography projects. She has acted as an expert speaker on Friday Night Live ('21), at STRP Festival ('20), and the Jacques de Leeuw Ceremony ('19).

Image Credits: portrait- Erik de Klerck and action shot: Jona Harnischmacher