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Avatara Ayuso. Photo copyright Ana García Segura
Jo Meredith. Photo copyright Mikah Smillie
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Taciturn
John Ross Dance. Photo copyright Camilla Greenwell
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John Ross Dance. Photo copyright Camilla Greenwell
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About Cloud Dance Festival

Cloud Dance Festival is a contemporary dance platform which not only aims to showcase the work of promising and exciting choreographers, but also seeks to nurture and support them through their creation process and with their professional development.

Founded in 2007, we have presented works by over 150 choreographers and companies in 14 festivals, including many who have since gone on to become leading emerging and midscale artists.

We continue to explore the different avenues of support needed by professional artists and seek ways to provide this support, either independently or in partnership with other support organisations.

CDF News

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Posted: 16 October 2014

As I mentioned previously, I'm currently seeking advice across the industry on how to make Cloud Dance Festival relevant to...

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CDF Awakens...

Posted: 25 September 2014

CDF Awakens...

It's been a while. Sorry about that.

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CDF Update

Posted: 16 January 2014

We'd like to thank everyone who helped make 2013 such an incredible year for CDF - from the amazing choreographers...

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Featured Artists

Autin Dance Theatre

Festival: Showtime

Autin Dance Theatre

Friday 15 November. Johnny Autin has been performing, choreographing and directing work from the very start of his career in dance, experimenting with a range of different styles, from contemporary...

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Avatâra Ayuso

Festival: Showtime

Avatâra Ayuso

Sunday 17 November. Avatâra Ayuso trained in ballet and Linguistics (BA and MA, Universidad Complutense de Madrid) before moving to London in 2004, where she obtained a Certificate in Higher...

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Mbulelo Ndabeni

Festival: Showtime

Mbulelo Ndabeni

Saturday 16 November. Born in Ugie, South Africa. Previous to joining Rambert, Mbulelo choreographed for Dance For All and Cape Town City Ballet. He joined Rambert in 2007 and has...

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John Ross Dance

Festival: Showtime

John Ross Dance

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November. John Ross Dance was formed in 2011 by John Ross. Since then, John has went on to make many works for companies such as...

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Taciturn

Festival: Showtime

Taciturn

Sunday 17 November. Taciturn is an all-female dance company based in Liverpool.  Working together since 2006, the company produces and performs vibrant and diverse works which have wide appeal.  Working...

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Raymond Chai

Festival: Lacuna

Raymond Chai

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 July. Born in Malaysia, Raymond Chai has worked in television, musical theatre and classical ballet. He danced with the National Ballet of Portugal and in musical...

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Gerrard Martin Dance

Festival: Firefly

Gerrard Martin Dance

Gerrard Martin has toured nationally with Phoenix Dance Company, as well as dancing with Ballet Black, Union Dance Company, Aletta Collins Dance Company and Sakoba Dance Theatre. Apart from modelling...

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Just Us Dance Theatre

Festival: Firefly

Just Us Dance Theatre

Artistic Director Joseph Yvan Toonga created Just Us Dance Theatre along with his close friend Ricardo Da Silva in 2007. The company was formed upon the love both artists shared...

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Devaraj Thimmaiah

Festival: Firefly

Devaraj Thimmaiah

Devaraj joined Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in 2003 for Transtep including choreography by Lisa Torun, Fillip Van Huffel and Rashpal Singh Bansal. Since then he has performed in seven productions,...

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Kristen McNally

Festival: Firefly

Kristen McNally

Kristen McNally is a soloist at the Royal Ballet, and has been frequently described as the most exciting, freshest and cutting-edge choreographer in ballet, striving to use pop music...

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Jarkko Lehmus

Festival: Hush

Jarkko Lehmus

Jarkko Lehmus was born in Finland and trained at the Finnish National Ballet School, Helsinki and Millennium Dance 2000 in London.He has worked as a freelancer with the National Youth...

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Morgann Runacre-Temple

Festival: Trouble & Desire

Morgann Runacre-Temple

Morgann began choreographing at school, winning the Central School of Ballet Choreography Award in 2002 and 2003. Since she has graduated she has created works for The Curve Foundation Dance...

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Goddard | Nixon Project

Festival: Trouble & Desire

Goddard | Nixon Project

The Goddard | Nixon Project was founded in 2009; it is an ongoing choreographic collaboration between Jonathan Goddard and Gemma Nixon. Jonathan Goddard trained at Rambert School, later working for...

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Mavin Khoo

Festival: Trouble & Desire

Mavin Khoo

Mavin Khoo has collaborated and danced with some of the major choreographers of today including Akram Khan, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Bannerman. He has danced as a guest artist with...

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Dam Van Huynh

Festival: Open Your Eyes

Dam Van Huynh

Van Huynh Company was founded in 2008 to further the exploration of the human body and its relationship through time and space. Inspired by everyday life and people, Dam’s choreographies...

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Off The Map

Festival: Restless

Off The Map

  "The company Off The Map started last year (2008) by creating a piece for Resolution! It was a simple piece as it was just something I wanted to do. I...

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Ode to Trains

Published on 25-03-2015 in Blogs by Chantal Guevara

Ode to Trains

One thing we are used to in dance is the too-short runs which most shows have (unless it's a Matthew...

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Out, Damn Clot

Published on 24-03-2015 in Blogs by Chantal Guevara

Out, Damn Clot

Something different, for a change. Those of you who follow me on Twitter or are a Facebook friend will know...

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Resolution! 2015 In Figures

Published on 25-02-2015 in Blogs by Chantal Guevara

Resolution! 2015 In Figures

Being 300 miles away from London meant missing most of this year's Resolution! season at The Place. So instead, based on...

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The Beauty of Portfolio Careers

Published on 21-02-2015 in Editorial by Chantal Guevara

The Beauty of Portfolio Careers

Ducks and water. Cats and milk. Tequila and lime. Chips and gravy. The Place and Mabel's. Yorkshire Dance and The...

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Resolution! Preview: Estela Merlos

Published on 22-01-2015 in Interviews by Chantal Guevara

Resolution! Preview: Estela Merlos

After many years of wanting to present Avatâra Ayuso's work as part of Cloud Dance Festival, she presented an excerpt...

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Crazy Little Thing Called Paid Work

Published on 14-01-2015 in Features by Chantal Guevara

Crazy Little Thing Called Paid Work

Unpaid work is one of the current buzzwords across the dance industry: we all want to talk about it and...

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We Need To Talk About Unions

Published on 29-11-2014 in Editorial by Chantal Guevara

We Need To Talk About Unions

A few weeks ago, there was a huge outcry about the (then) latest audition notice from Royal Opera House, and...

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A conversation with Igor and Moreno

Published on 01-10-2014 in Interviews by Elise Nuding

A conversation with Igor and Moreno

I was lucky enough to catch Igor and Moreno’s ‘Idiot-Syncrasy’ at The Place as part of Spring Loaded 2014. For...

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Dance Again Foundation Gala

Published on 25-09-2014 in Previews by Chantal Guevara

Dance Again Foundation Gala

Injury is all around us. Just yesterday, Alina Cojocaru was tweeting about it being the six-year anniversary of the surgery...

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John Ross Dance

Published on 15-09-2014 in Previews by Chantal Guevara

Just over two years ago, the dance world gathered at Sadler's Wells to watch the showcase of the first New...

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Feed TheImp!

Published on 02-09-2014 in Editorial by Chantal Guevara

A few weeks ago, Twitter notified me that someone from my high school was now following the @clouddancefest Twitter account....

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Ode To Audiences

Published on 18-05-2014 in Blogs by Chantal Guevara

Ode To Audiences

Theatres attract such diverse audiences, and yet there is one thing which all audience members have in common: a universal...

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Nuno Silva: A Darker Shade of Fado

Published on 16-05-2014 in Reviews by Chantal Guevara

Nuno Silva's 'A Darker Shade of Fado' is a visually beautiful work which seeks to fuse the physicality of soul-bearing...

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MurleyDance: 'Object of My Affection'

Published on 16-05-2014 in Reviews by Chantal Guevara

MurleyDance represents an enormous amount of passion, ambition and vision for Artistic Director David Murley; in spite of the challenges...

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In conversation with Drew McOnie– Part I…

Published on 25-02-2014 in Interviews by Elise Nuding

In conversation with Drew McOnie– Part II

  This is a continuation of a conversation between Elise Nuding and Drew McOnie in relation to The McOnie Company’s new...

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In conversation with Drew McOnie - Part …

Published on 18-02-2014 in Interviews by Elise Nuding

In conversation with Drew McOnie - Part I

  Drew McOnie is the artistic director of the recently-launched McOnie Company, and choreographer/director of the new ‘theatre dance’ show, Drunk....

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Resolution! Slanjayvah Danza, HOLASZ, LC…

Published on 14-02-2014 in Reviews by Elise Nuding

This triple bill of Resolution! 2014 had a theme of exposure and sexuality running through it, some of which hit...

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Probe: 'Running On Empty'

Published on 10-02-2014 in Reviews by Elise Nuding

Probe’s Running on Empty offers an eerie world inhabited by three individuals simultaneously detached from and tangled up with one...

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Resolution! Culture Device Dance Project…

Published on 02-02-2014 in Reviews by Elise Nuding

This evening of Resolution! 2014 showcased three very different works: a duet, trio, and quintet with varying approaches to making...

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Resolution! Suse Tietjen, Lucy Palmer Da…

Published on 24-01-2014 in Reviews by Chantal Guevara

Suse Tietjen's 'Brother Of Sleep' stood out when I was researching the works in this year's Resolution: somewhere, I came...

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Resolution! Anecdotal Evidence, Pell Ens…

Published on 24-01-2014 in Reviews by Chantal Guevara

The Laban crowds were out in force for the first Friday of Resolution 2014, with works by Laban CAT teacher...

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