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Preshow Speech

funny-animal-pictures-102I'd planned to give a preshow speech before tonight's Cloud Dance Friends show to help explain its background and put it in context. But after a day spent running around the theatre (literally), I figured I'd not spent enough time thinking about it or preparing for it. So here's the speech which I would have given - and many thanks to everyone who attended tonight.

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Made Up North

Lo Giudice DanceThursday 27 November at 7.30pm at Seven Arts, Leeds

Made Up North is a contemporary dance platform showcasing the works of dance artists either from the North, based up North or who have trained in the North, encouraging us to appreciate the diversity of work being created by the people of this region.

It is also an opportunity for people to discuss the changes to the dance industry in the North, what changes they want to see and their role within it. So basically, a show with a postshow talk!

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Cloud Dance Friends

calvin hobbesWelcome to Cloud Dance Friends, a combination of an evening of contemporary dance and a birthday bash. It will also mark the one-year anniversary of the last Cloud Dance Festival, Showtime, so let's also hold a toast to its memory and raise a glass to Cloud Dance Festival's extra-shiny year ahead!

Cloud Dance Friends will be presenting a mixture of artists who have previously been showcased by Cloud Dance Festival (Autin Dance Theatre, Off The Map and Gerrard Martin Dance), artists who have previously performed in Cloud Dance Festival (Hal Hub, performing in John Ross Dance's Wolfpack in July and November 2013), and also two companies new to Cloud Dance Festival, Subtle Kraft Co and Spoken Movement.

For details of the full lineup, please visit Cloud Dance Friends.

Cloud Dance Friends will be held at London's New Diorama Theatre on Sunday 16 November at 7.30pm, and we are offering a discounted ticket price for dance artists so that this can be an evening to share with our friends. We hope to see you there!

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Your Feedback Required

As I mentioned previously, I'm currently seeking advice across the industry on how to make Cloud Dance Festival relevant to dance artists' needs, and so I've put together a survey asking some of the key questions I need your feedback on, for example about how people create work, what their creative process is, and what support people receive and would like to receive.

Every response provides me with invaluable insights into how people work and what needs to be done to offer the support they need, so I would be very grateful if you can take the time to fill it out. Many thanks!

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CDF Awakens...

It's been a while. Sorry about that.

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