The Dancers

Loughlan Prior

RNZB dancers Loughlan Prior and Maree White in Charlie TOWER Tutus on Tour - credit Evan Li Loughlan Prior and Maree White in Charlie from 2013's season of TOWER Tutus on Tour. Credit: Evan Li.

Originally from Melbourne, 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, 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 a talented choreographer and enjoys creating work for the stage as well as for film. 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, Auckland’s Tempo Dance Festival, iD Fashion Week, 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.

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