2018 saw Chloe commissioned to create a new work on NZ inclusive dance company, Touch Compass, creating an aerial performance for their In Motion Matariki event featuring two dancers and a wheelchair.
Chloe’s new work Out of the Blue was commissioned by CubaDupa and premiered at the Wellington festival on the 24th & 25th March before being available for touring through 2018/19. So far the fish have shoaled at In Motion Martiki (Auckland NZ), Green Man Festival and Butetown Carnival (UK) and is due to be part of the Blossom Parade in Hawke’s Bay (NZ).
Chloe also performed at Light Nelson Festival, creating an aerial installation 10m up a heritage tree.
Chloe started the year directed the opening spectacle for Splore music festival 2018 featuring parades, Jacinda Ardern, MC’s, crowd aerobics and a beautiful haere mai.
Chloe started the year in New Zealand, exploring work opportunities and writing funding applications while amongst the familiar kiwi hills. Chloe is currently starting developments for a new outdoor work looking to tour 2018….
The end of the year saw Chloe spend 8 weeks living beach-side in Long Bay having been named Auckland Parks Artist in Residence. The time was spent creating and performing a new parks inspired bungee-assisted dance solo under a pohutukawa tree, presented on-site December 2017. You can see a reflection of the residency here.
Finally got round to editing some of the footage from the bungee-assisted dance research and development project. If you missed the sharing, take a peek here.
2016 was a busy and exciting year with new projects, residencies and commissions:
Chloe was awarded a British Council and Wales Arts International research and development grant to explore the potential of developing a production with Welsh and Indian dancers exploring contact improvisation. Chloe spent 2 weeks in Goa as part of the India Wales project.
Articulture and the Wales Outdoor Arts Commissioning Consortium have awarded Chloe Loftus Dance with a new commission which will see the company create ‘Act of Strangers‘. This short outdoor piece will be touring throughout the summer including Festival No. 6 and the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. Full details and tour dates can be found here.
Chloe has just spent a great week at the wonderful Dance House in Cardiff, the home to National Dance Company Wales, after being awarded a residency there. She spent one week exploring bungee-assisted dance. Completely self-taught and delving into the possibilities of solo work on the apparatus, she played with the altered sense of gravity and suspensions. A short film of her project can be found here. The work was then further developed through an Arts Council of Wales and Wales Millennium Centre funded research and development project ‘Know No Bounds’ working with another dancer, a counterweighter, a designer and a dramaturge. The 2-week project proved really informative and successful, footage can be seen here and images here.
If you’re a fan of Roald Dahl (and let’s face it, who isn’t?!) it’s set to be an exciting year as there are projects taking place across the country to celebrate his centenary. City of The Unexpected is one of these events, a Cardiff city-wide performance celebrating all things Roald Dahl on 17th & 18th September 2016. Chloe will be working alongside Jeanefer Jean-Charles as Mass Movement Assistant Director – choreographing hula hoopers, lindy-hoppers and excavators to name but a few!
Chloe Loftus had a choreographic residency working with the new MA students at Bath Spa University. She spend a great week working with the talented international group on improvisation, body work and ‘being’.
Chloe received an Arts Council of Wales grant to carry out a research and development project towards ‘Pine‘. This saw her work with Saz Moir on ideas towards an original set design in the round and collaborations with dramaturge/performer Gerald Tyler and performer Alex Marshall-Parsons to explore issues of human isolation and connection amongst our hectic modern lives. This was a valuable and rich project and Chloe is seeking to developed it into a full length production in Autumn 2016.
Chloe has been working as Co-choreographer and Performance Team Leader for Ar Waith, Ar Daith, a project celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Wales Millennium Centre. The project culminated in a large scale event celebrating the building and the artists in Wales on the 12th September 2015. More information can be found here.
Chloe spent three weeks in residency at Lake Studios Berlin in July 2015 developing her creative practice and exploring bungee-assisted dance. Huge thanks to the Arts Council of Wales for the training grant which made this possible.
The company were excited to be awarded a grant from the Kevin Spacey Foundation. Exploring the importance of failure, the project saw Chloe attending stunt school in order to learn how to fall down stairs. The company then collaborated with Newson Media in the creation of a short dance film, Taking Flight. This had its first screening as part of the Wales Dance Platform on Saturday 27th June at Chapter Arts Centre Cinema, Cardiff and is now available to be screened at other platforms and festivals. Please contact Chloe for further information.
Chloe Loftus has recently been involved in the creation of three exciting short dance films. A music video for Cerys Matthews, another music video for Turbowolf (as the green masked voodoo-worshipper) and a promotional video for Cardiff International tourism for Media Wales.
The company were also awarded the Ignite 2014/15 commission to choreograph a new work on the talented Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company. The piece was performed with great responses in Abergavenny and The Dance House, Cardiff in Spring 2015.
This website was developed in 2014 so for company details preceding this date please check out our Projects page.