Other Shows

As Cloud Dance Festival continues to expand, I've been looking at ways of creating more informal shows - whether adhoc or recurring events - to continue presenting artists' work.

One such initiative was Cloud Dance Sundays, which ran in early 2013 at the Lion & Unicorn Pub in Kentish Town in partnership with Giant Olive; another is a roving Northern platform, Made Up North, which aims to showcase artists either from the North, who've trained up there or are based up there.

Another upcoming show is Cloud Dance Friends, a combination of an informal festival and a birthday bash, at the New Diorama Theatre on 16 November. More details can be found here:

While these aren't strictly Cloud Dance Festivals, they're still part of CDF's portfolio of work, so they've been included here to make them easier for our visitors to find.

Application Info

Hello, and welcome to Cloud Dance Festival.

We've prepared some Frequently Asked Questions which you can read here, which should cover most questions people have about our applications process, apart from the big one - when is our next festival? - which we don't have an answer for yet, we're sorry. If you'd like to be the first to know, then please do sign up for our Future Festivals newsletters using the subscription form below, and we'll send you festival and application info as soon as it's available.

We provide basic application forms, application guidance notes, technical information and venue details for each festival, which can be downloaded from here once the call for applications has been launched. We have removed this information in the meantime; our application guidance notes (and venues) change with each festival, so we don't want to provide out-of-date information, and if we leave the application form online (accidentally), then we end up receiving applications for past festivals.

As we work with a panel of judges to determine each festival's lineup, we can only consider applications which use completed application forms, footage and promotional photos. The panel is only assembled for each round of applications, which is why we cannot process any enquiries or proposals received until then.

We're trying to improve the resources we can offer dance practitioners through Cloud Dance Festival, so it's taking us a while to arrange all this. We'll be back as soon as we can, we promise!

Showtime Details

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Welcome to Showtime - our first Arts Council-funded festival, so we you to see Cloud Dance Festival at its best!

Showtime will be held on 15 - 17 November at Bernie Grant Arts Centre in North London; the shows will run from 7.30 - 9.45pm each night, with two intervals (latecomers are welcome), and tickets are available from here: www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk/pl539.html

We're bringing you a fresh new selection of some of the brightest and most exciting contemporary dance and ballet artists. Whether you love contemporary dance and ballet, or you just like watching people move, we've got 18 companies over three evenings for you to enjoy.

Because Cloud Dance Festival works to support emerging dance artists, we're starting this festival off with a panel discussion about The Emerging Artist, with guests speakers from English National Ballet, IdeasTap, Bellyflop and Heritage Arts. Details of the talk with booking information is here: www.cloud-dance-festival.org.uk/latest/the-emerging-artist-panel-discussion.html

We're also holding masterclasses in dance photography, dance film and dance writing, in partnership with English National Ballet, IdeasTap and A Younger Theatre, and there are still a few places left, if you'd like to sign up! The photography masterclasses will be taught by leading dance photographer James Rowbotham, and dance photographer Cathy Martin; the dance film workshops will be taught by screendance professionals Anna Ramsay and Sabine Klaus, and the writing workshops will be taught by Donald Hutera and Eleanor Turney.

Back to the lineup, we're very aware of the importance of the wider dance industry beyond London, so we're very pleased to be showcasing our favourite Liverpudlians, Taciturn, two dance artists from Newcastle - Lo-Giudice Dance and Joelene English - and three from Birmingham: former 2Faced Dancer Johnny Autin with his new company Autin Dance Theatre, Rutherford Dance Company (RDC) and Rebecca Namgauds.  

Fresh from winning the New Adventures Choreographer Award, John Ross Dance will be presenting his latest work, Wolfpack, about four lads on a night out. We'll also be showing a compelling new work by unconventional Rambert dancer Kirill Burlov; Taciturn's refreshing and unexpected take on life as women; a new work by Rambert Dance Company dancer Mbulelo Ndabeni; a rare opportunity to see two new works by the highly talented Avatâra Ayuso, and a dramatic work by former 2Faced Dance dancer Johnny Autin, inspired by the recent Turkish riots.

Other artists worth watching are Jo Meredith, Joelene EnglishDeclan Whitaker Dance and Rebecca Namgauds, each presenting unique and unforgettable works.

We know that many of these artists may be unfamiliar to you, so to help you find out more about them and their work, we've been attending their rehearsals and interviewing them so that we can show you rehearsal photos, write features and - when our tidal wave of emails subsides! - prepare trailers for you to watch. Visit www.cloud-dance-festival.org.uk/features/ and do keep checking regularly for updates, as we'll be adding new features and trailers frequently.

Thanks to the funding we've received, we can offer the participating artists financial assistance, and explore ways to develop our support further. All this costs a huge amount to do, while keeping ticket prices low for our audiences, so we're holding a crowdfunding campaign to help us cover the rest of the costs. The campaign explains more about what we do and how you can make a difference, not only to the artists we support, but also to the work we do by having your say. You can find out more about it here: http://igg.me/at/cdf2013/

Join us at Bernie Grant Arts Centre for a celebration of up-and-coming talent, ones to watch and future stars, and you won't be disappointed.

Discounted tickets are available for Dance UK, IdeasTap and A Younger Theatre members.


About Cloud Dance Festival
Cloud Dance Festival is now in its seventh year of showcasing the best in contemporary dance and contemporary ballet, and making both dance styles more accessible to the wider public. We are committed to promoting and supporting emerging dance companies, choreographers, dance writers and dance photographers, and as part of our redevelopment, we are seeking ways to expand the support we offer across the emerging contemporary dance and ballet industries.

Cloud Dance Festival: Showtime is supported by Arts Council England, with partnerships with IdeasTap, English National Ballet and A Younger Theatre.

The lineup for each evening's show, starting at 7.30pm, is as below. The shows will finish at approximately 9.45pm, with two intervals. Latecomers will be welcome.

Friday Saturday Sunday
Lo-Giudice Dance
Rebecca Namgauds
Rutherford Dance Company
Autin Dance Theatre
Kirsty Dawson
Jo Meredith
Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot
Declan Whitaker Dance
Joelene English
John Ross
Mbulelo Ndabeni
Simfra Dance Company
Avatâra Ayuso (2 works)
Jo Meredith
John Ross
Kirill Burlov
Simfra Dance Company