Cloud Study is part dance, part dream, part theatre, part athletics. Two compelling dancers - Mufutau Yusuf, an Irishman, born in Nigeria and Salma Ataya, a Palestinian contemporary dancer who has also danced Dabka - attempt to run 1,000 kilometres in circles and lines through the space, chasing dreams, memories, and home. John Scott, creator of the stunning 'HYPERACTIVE' and award-winning migration themed 'Fall and Recover,' returns to the stage with a wild explosive running dance: running away, running in circles, which become turns and then falls. Each fall and run generates beautiful, frantic wild movements, lifts, wild shapes in the air. The specially created score by Northern Irish award-winning composer Ryan Vail features everyday sounds blended with voice and electronics culminating in huge orchestral textures, then dissolving into sparse piano. Cloud Study premiered at Galway International Arts Festival in July 2018, then ran at Smock Alley Theatre Dublin in November and at Dance Limerick in December. 

Choreography: John Scott

Dramaturg: Lucius Fromm

Assistant choreographer: Muirne Bloomer

Dancers: Salma Ataya and Mufutau Yusuf

Music: Ryan Vail

Lighting: Eric Wurtz

Sound: Barry Hehir

Costumes: Justine Doswell


Scott is bravely attempting to reposition modern dance in Ireland,

through his challenging themes and his captivating choreography."

Niamh Mongey, Headstuff

★ ★ ★ ★

Less a case of cloud gazing so much as cloud bursting,
Cloud Study brings the thunder, delivering a downpour full of

powerful and mesmerising moments... Throughout, the chemistry

between Yusuf and Ataya is exquisite, as is their ownership of 

the space, be they combative or cohering around 

complementary or conflicting patterns."

Chris O'Rourke, The Arts Review

It is a subtle and diverse new work that explores some interesting


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