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Cloud Dance Festival's life began in 2007, in a very sandy internet cafe on a beach in Guatemala, fairly near the Salvadorean border. Originally conceived of as a thrice-yearly London-based contemporary dance platform, it's evolved over the years to become an umbrella for my projects, my research, for giving (some) dance artists a voice, and of course much more. Through the 13 or more Cloud Dance Festivals I produced, we presented works by over 100 artists and companies, a number of which are now leading artists, plus quite a few in my later platforms as well.

I've been a very vocal advocate of independent artists, their rights and the financial implications of being independent artists with portfolio careers, supported by my seeking to maintain a truly national profile by participating in and observing many of the regional dance networks across the UK - thus enabling me to advocate at a national level. Several years before the pandemic, I promoted the benefits of remote working for arts freelancers, from meetings and coworking to learning and participation, and even auditions and rehearsals.Our final Festival (to date) was part of a feature by Article19

Ultimately - assisted no doubt by my parallel career in data - one of my recurring themes has been about the economic reality of freelance dance artists: the role of unpaid work (including an unpaid commission on unpaid work), rates of pay for dancers, the financial burdens on choreographers and directors, and particularly the financial burden on freelance dance artists when expected to attend or participate in something elsewhere in the UK: from a meeting in London to the bottomless financial abyss that is the Edinburgh Fringe.

As for Cloud Dance Festival itself, I do miss it - I had some really great plans for its subsequent incarnations, but above all, I miss working with my wonderful CDF team!

Alice Imagines


Jolice Truter is a dancer form South Africa and lives in London. Her company is called Alice Imagines. It is structured as a base for the further development of her career. She trained in Australia and has performed with Ballet and Contemporary Companies and is currently freelancing. She is also an experienced ballet and Pilates Teacher.


She has performed with the Welsh National Opera, Royal Opera, The place and London College of Fashion amongst others in the UK but, also with the South African State Theatre and Dance Factory in RSA. This is her debut as a choreographer. ‘I enjoy being part of a creative process. Passion inspires me.’

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Etta Ermini Dance Theatre

Read more ...  Etta Ermini Dance Theatre has been founded in 2004 by choreographer and director Etta Ermini.

The physical theatre/dance theatre pieces are choreographed by Etta Ermini and devised in collaboration with the performers. The work is based on narrative stimuli and a quirky, humorous and highly individual movement vocabulary is created through improvisation. Elements of the Absurd Theatre are explored through character-based acting as well as through strong physical movement sequences. The scripts are inspired by real events and the mood of the work is often quirky and comical. 

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Stefania Mylona

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Read more ...  I am a 29 year old dancer and choreographer coming from Athens, Greece. I have trained in Ballet, Graham, Cunningham, Release, and Contact Improvisation. I have been awarded a scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece (IKY) to fund my postgraduate dance studies in England. I completed a Master in European Dance Theatre Practice at Laban, London and I am currently doing practice-based research at the University of Surrey leading to a PhD.

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