Since 2005 Chloe Loftus Dance have been creating vibrant choreographic work that has toured extensively to critical acclaim. Specialising in outdoor and pop-up performances and engaging new audiences to dance theatre, the company has been Associate Artist / Dance Buddy at the Wales Millennium Centre and in 2013 were nominated for a Theatre Critics of Wales Award for Best Small Scale Dance Production.
Following winning Welsh Independent Dance’s choreographic competition Dance Bytes in 2008, the company have created numerous works with funding from Arts Council of Wales and Creative New Zealand, PRSF and the Kevin Spacey Foundation and commissions including Dance Shorts, 1square Mile, Wales Millennium Centre, National Eisteddfod, Articulture Wales, Olympic projects, Touch Compass Dance Trust and numerous music and arts festivals across the UK and New Zealand.
Chloe Loftus Dance creates physically vibrant and accessible high quality performances. Fluid contact dances, mesmerising aerial work, casting an anthropological eye over the world that we live in and attracting new audiences to contemporary dance are key inspirations in the work.
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“The strength coupled with the consummate artistry of the performer brought us many breath-taking moments… The success of a work of performance art, of any art for that matter, emerges from the sincerity of the artist and the human truth it reveals. Chloe Loftus’ commitment to her art form is both very true and very human.”Theatre Wales Review, The Day We Realised The World Was An Oyster
Italian born and New Zealand bred, Chloe Loftus emigrated to the UK in 1997 where she completed a BA (Hons) Dance Performance at Middlesex University.
Alongside her extensive choreographic work, Chloe has worked internationally as a freelance dancer. She has performed for choreographers and companies including Base Dance, Himherandit Productions, Vitamin G, Sioned Huws, Sean Tuan John, Marc Rees, Jem Treays, Wili Dorner, Kitsch & Sync and Citrus Arts amongst others. Projects have seen her work across Europe, Canada, India and New Zealand. She was Auckland Parks Artist in Residence (2017).
Chloe is also a Mass Movement Director, having worked for large-scale events including the Wales Millennium Centre’s Ar Waith, Ar Daith with Walk The Plank and National Theatre Wales’ City of the Unexpected Roald Dahl centenary event.
Chloe is also a founding member of Groundwork Pro, a Cardiff based artist-led collective providing professional dance development opportunities. She is co-director of Conscious Dance Aotearoa annual gathering. Her teaching work spans professional, community and university lecturing.
Her continuing training has seen her work with Kim Brandstrup, Toni Mira, Wendy Houstoun and Chris Haring as well as attending the European Aerial Dance Festival in Brighton, Mass Choreography Masterclass with Jeanefer Jean-Charles in Manchester, West Wales Dance for Camera course and a three-week residency at Lakeside Studios, Berlin.
“Loftus displays an enchanting grace and beauty as well as a touch of humour and a faultless athleticism that makes us gasp, gently” That was how I remarked on her prowess in 2006, now she again does all that with an even deeper understanding, a remarkable strength and a sensuality from which that touch of humour is never very far away… she is magnificent to watch.“(Theatre Wales Review)