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Nadia Iftkhar is a professional dance artist based in the North East and is constantly using her wealth of experience to be at the core of exciting and inventive projects. After a busy 2018, we caught up with her to find out what made her year, and a little bit more about what’s ahead.

So, how was your 2018?
2018 feels like the year the universe was banging on my door trying to teach me lessons on resilience, friendship and how to listen to my soul a little better. Its also been full of new people and connections which is always something to be thankful for. 

What was your best moment?
Seeing our cast of Crackle. Dust. together for the first time. Company of Others are making a new show to tour in Spring 2019 and the women who will perform the show are mesmerising performers, I’m so proud they want to work with us. 

And your worst moment?
Realising the fragility which surrounds my work yet knowing the need for art which brings us together to find deeper understanding of each other is perhaps greater than ever. 

Your favourite band of the year?
Christine and the Queens. Without question. 

Your favourite song of the year?
Although it was released in 2016 I’ve had Remain the Sea by Anoushka Shankar on repeat all year so I’d have to go with that. 

Favourite TV of the year?
Killing Eve.

Your favourite film?
Human Flow – Ai Weiwei.

Favourite venue of the year?
Arc, Stockton Arts Centre. We were lucky enough to be in residency there in August and were blown away by how invested the team are in the artists they support. We’re really looking forward to performing there in May. 

What was your favourite gig of the year?
A jazz gig in the basement of La Ménagère in Florence.

And finally, what has 2019 got in store for you?
2019 is jam packed with performances and continuing to develop Company of Others. We’ll be on tour with Crackle. Dust. in Spring across the North so look out for us. Its going to be a show that speaks to the soul but also makes you laugh and want to dance.
I’m also hoping to grab some time for a holiday this year, 2018 went too fast. 
Crackle. Dust is a dance theatre production co-created with women born or based in the North. To find out how to be involved click here. And to be the first to know about tour dates click here.

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