Lacuna

Paolo Mangiola

When Paolo Mangiola originally applied with Nuclear Romances, I was thrilled to see that Fukiko Takase would be performing in it; she'd performed in Devaraj Thimmaiah's Arranged Marriage, which was one of our favourite works of the previous festival. But Fukiko was not available for the festival, so Chihiro Kawasaki had to quickly learn the role, before Paolo left for Japan for a study trip funded by the Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship Fund.

Chihiro brought a very fresh and engaging quality to the role, and as you can see from the photos, this was a very light-hearted rehearsal indeed! It's been hard resisting the urge to post far more photos...

Nuclear Romances was performed on Friday 5 July, and you can read more about it here.

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Merritt Moore & Adam Kirkham

IMG 7875Merritt Moore and Adam Kirkham are fast becoming the most popular part of this festival, so it was wonderful to catch the start of one of their rehearsals last weekend. Merritt's friend Erica Fletcher was visiting from Texas and photographing and filming the rehearsal, so here are photos taken by her.

Merritt and Adam will be performing A Timeless Duet on Saturday 6 July, and you can read more about it and them here.

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Gary Rowntree | Dance

Gary Rowntree  Dance Research and Development April 2013. Photography by Kelly McAllister (83)Although this is the first time Gary Rowntree, from Belfast, will be presenting work at Cloud Dance Festival, this will be his second festival, having performed at our last festival in Antony Lo-Giudice's company, then called Exquisite Corpse | Dance Theatre.

Gary's new work is a solo called The Light, which will be performed by Oona Doherty on Saturday 6 July. For further details about Gary and his work, please visit here.

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Ceyda Tanc Dance

IMG 2068Volta is Ceyda Tanc's latest work, and it has been performed widely since its premiere at Resolution! at The Place earlier this year (on the same night as Ieva Kuniskis) including at the Brighton Fringe in The Famous Spiegeltent.

As Ceyda Tanc Dance is a Brighton-based company, there hasn't been a chance to pop down for rehearsals, so here are some photos taken by Ceyda's sister Amber Tanc at the Spiegeltent in Brighton.

Volta will be performed on Sunday 7 July, and you can read more about it here.

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Raymond Chai

 DSC1486Raymond Chai is creating an as-yet-unnamed duet for Cloud Dance Festival, about the tensions and unspoken challenges in fleeting relationships. It's to be performed by Melanie López and Oliver Freeston: previously appearing in Cloud Dance Festival in December 2009 with Diciembre Dance Group, Melanie has also worked with Peter Schaufuss Ballet, Ballet Ireland and Avatara Ayuso, while Oliver has worked with the Georgian State Ballet, Peter Schaufuss Ballet and Company C Contemporary Ballet, and performed at the last Cloud Dance Festival with Sol Dans. It'll be great to have both of them back!

Raymond Chai's duet will be performed on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July, and you can read more about it here.

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Hana Saotome

DSC 1978These aren't rehearsal photos so much as a photoshoot by Hana Saotome and two of her dancers, as she needed some publicity photos for Sombras do Tempo (shadows of time), which she'll be presenting at Cloud Dance Festival on Saturday 6 July.

This will be the third work she has created for Cloud Dance Festival, having performed four times with Beyond Repair Dance as well in the distant murky early years of Cloud Dance Festival.

More details of Hana and her work can be read here.

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Ieva Kuniskis

DSC 3773These photos were taken at Ieva Kuniskis's final rehearsal before taking Gone To Get Milk to Lithuania to perform at the prestigious Baltic Dance Festival.

As Zoe Georgallis could not join Helen Aschauer and Charlie Ford for this and other performances in Lithuania, Ieva Kuniskis took over her role.

Ieva will be presenting Gone To Get Milk on Sunday 7 July, and you can read more details here.

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Kajdi

 DSC0060These photos were taken at a rehearsal at Artsdepot, with Alanna Kajdi and her brother Jason, Sophie Lucas and one other dancer.

The first part of the rehearsal was used for Alanna to teach the choreography to a dancer who will be replacing her in this piece, while most of these photos were taken from an exercise in manipulation which took up the second half of the rehearsal - and involved a lot of Jason-bashing!

Kadji will be performing M/S.P/E (Metamorphosis/Soldiers Poem/ Experience) on Saturday 6 July, and you can read more about it here.

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Joseph Toonga

01  Just Us Dance Company  Picture Perfect  001 (Jui-Wei Hung)Sunday 7 July. Joseph Toonga founded Just Us Dance Theatre in 2007, and in its first few years, the company performed at a variety of dance festivals such as Outspoken Dance and Connect Festival at Lilian Baylis, Scoop and Live Vibe at the Peacock Theatre. In late 2010, Joseph Toonga was awarded the Blueprint Bursary which was funded by East London Dance, London Youth Dance and Sadler’s Wells allowing the company to perform at The Place Theatre, ArtsDepot, Greenwich Dance Agency and Stratford Circus.

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AniCo.

DSC 0289Friday 5 July. AniCo. is a recently formed company under the direction of Anna-Lise Marie Hearn. Her work has been developing over the past few years during her training at London Studio Centre. The work of the company is complex, strong and physically articulate. Anna-Lise hopes to push the future development of the company, and strives to continue to create work with AniCo.

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B-Hybrid Dance

photo 4Sunday 7 July. B-Hybrid Dance was founded in 2012 by Irish native Brian Gillespie and is formed by a pool of stylistically-diverse dancers. Brian produces contemporary dance that is inspired and crafted from the hybrid of influences, experiences, and interests that the company's members have collected and practiced.

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Ceyda Tanc Dance

CTD2 sSunday 7 July. Ceyda Tanc Dance is an emerging contemporary dance company led by Artistic Director and Choreographer, Ceyda Tanc.

The company focuses on creating cutting edge and dynamic contemporary dance works, with influence of traditional Turkish folk dance. Ceyda Tanc combines the knowledge gained during her contemporary dance training with the dance style of her heritage to create a unique movement vocabulary.

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Ella Mesma

ellaFriday 5 & Sunday 7 July. Ella joined Russell Maliphant Company in 2011 and has just completed an International tour with the company performing in ‘The Rodin Project’- which explores the sculptor Rodin's work using a fusion of Contemporary and each dancers individual style. She was also a paid professional in the Olympic opening ceremony 2012.

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Ella Robson Guilfoyle

DSC 0174Friday 5 July. Ella Robson Guilfoyle trained as a dancer at Laban. Graduating in 2004 she has gone on to create a variety of work with an interest in cross discipline performance. Her highly physical vocabulary aims to energise and evolve, seeking new ways to use movement for storytelling.

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Exzeb

exzeb artism 3Friday 5 July. Exzeb is a dance company founded in Belgium in 2002, which brings together people from different disciplines and backgrounds.

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Gary Rowntree | Dance

Gary Rowntree  Dance Research and Development April 2013. Photography by Kelly McAllister (83)Saturday 6 July. Gary Rowntree | Dance based in Belfast, Northern Ireland is a dance theatre company that strives to challenge the possibilities of contemporary dance. The company works with professionally trained dancers to create and perform original choreography that is performed across the UK and Ireland.

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Hana Saotome

DSC 1961Saturday 6 July. Hana Saotome trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She has performed and toured throughout Europe and the UK with various companies and independent choreographers, including Beyond Repair Dance, Movement Angol Dance Company  and Dancing Nikita Company.  Hana has also created many of her own choreographies and solo performances that have been successfully received in various London theatres, dance festivals and events.

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Ieva Kuniskis

FREE TO FALL FEB13 0584 Ludo de CognetsSunday 7 July. Ieva began dancing in Vilnius, Lithuania where, inspired by her father’s work in mime, she explored movement and theatre before taking up dance training. She now lives and creates in London, occasionally performing in other choreographers’ work.

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James Finnemore

vc JamesFinnSaturday 6 July. After graduation James worked with Carte Blanche, The national company of Norway, performing works by Club Guy and Roni, La Intrusa Danza, Hofesh Shechter and Kristin & Yoshi Inao. From 2010 - 2013 James was part of Hofesh Shechter Company, performing Uprising/In Your Rooms and Political Mother on national and international tours.

James's own recent works The Age and Patriot have been performed at various UK venues as well as in Spain and Croatia, the latter winning 'best choreographic direction' at ACT Festival Bilbao.

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John Ross

DSC 0724Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 July. John Ross graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2011 with a 1st Class Hons. Since then he has been commissioned to create many works, including a musical for Old Vic New Voices (for which he received a nomination by What's On Stage for their Best Choreographer Award), Dance United and The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

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Lacuna Rehearsal Photos

Photos of the various works for Lacuna in preparation for the festival...