The Dancers

Loughlan Prior

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

Aussie/Kiwi choreographer and performer Loughlan Prior joined the RNZB in 2010 after training at the Victorian College of the Arts and the New Zealand School of Dance.

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. Most recently he brought the role of the Scarecrow in Francesco Ventriglia’s The Wizard of Oz to life with reviewers praising his performance as ‘instantly loveable’ and ‘dancing with equal measures of fluidity and strength.’  (What’s Good, 2016).

Loughlan is passionate about creating dance for theatre, film and multimedia projects. His ballets have been described as using ‘extreme geometries of the limbs and innovative partnering’ and  ‘containing an aura of elegance and refinement’ (New Zealand Herald, 2016).

In 2014 he received the Warrandyte Youth Arts Award and in 2015 he was named the winner of the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand’s Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award. In 2016 he was the recipient of Creative New Zealand’s Tup Lang Choreographic Award.

His work has been featured by the RNZB, New Zealand School of Dance, Asian Grand Prix, Toronto’s Assemblée Internationale, Auckland’s Tempo Dance Festival, iD Fashion Week, the Melbourne Fashion Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, The Film Society of Lincoln Centre, TV3’s Dancing with the Stars and the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival.

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