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Loughlan Prior

RNZB dancers perform Charlie in TOWER Tutus on Tour - credit Evan Li Loughlan 3

Described by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand as ‘a creative tour de force’, Loughlan Prior is an Aussie/Kiwi performer and Choreographer in Residence at the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

A graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance – his choreographic work began as early as his first school years where he received the Warrandyte Youth Arts Award. He joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2010, and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award by the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand. In 2016, Loughlan received the Tup Lang Choreographic Award from Creative New Zealand and was appointed as Choreographer in Residence under the directorship of Patricia Barker in 2018.

A spirited performer, his career highlights include repertoire by William Forsyth, Jiří Kylián, Liam Scarlett, Alexander Ekman, Garry Stewart, and Larry Keigwin, and he has created original roles in works by Cameron McMillan, Sarah Foster-Sproull and Javier De Frutos.

His ballet EVE was described by the New Zealand Herald as using ‘extreme geometries of the limbs and innovative partnering’ in 2015, while Dance Europe described his work Curious Alchemy as displaying ‘complex partnering, precision and confidence’ in 2017. He is invested in producing theatre, film and multimedia projects and has presented his work in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Germany and the United States.

His work has been featured by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Te Papa Museum, New Zealand School of Dance, Asian Grand Prix, Grand Rapids Ballet, Palucca Hoschule fur Tanz Dresden, Assemblée Internationale Toronto, Tempo Dance Festival Auckland, LUX Light Festival, iD Fashion Week Dunedin, Vogue Australia, Melbourne Fashion Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Centre, TV3’s Dancing with the Stars and the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2018, Loughlan’s latest work The Long and the Short of it, featuring legendary New Zealand performer Sir Jon Trimmer with a colourful ensemble cast, can be enjoyed by audiences around the country in the Ryman Healthcare Tutu’s on Tour Programme.

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