Loughlan Prior


Loughlan Prior – Choreographer in Residence

Described by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand as ‘a creative tour de force’, Loughlan Prior is an award winning Aussie/Kiwi choreographer with a passion for producing theatre, film and multi-media works. He is a Choreographer in Residence at the Royal New Zealand
Ballet (RNZB) and the Creative Director of PRIOR VISUAL, a project based film collective.

A graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), Loughlan joined the RNZB in 2010 and quickly began to develop work for the company. In 2014 he received the Warrandyte Youth Arts Award and in 2015 he was named the winner of the inaugural Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award by the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand. In 2016 he
was the recipient of Creative New Zealand’s Tup Lang Choreographic Award, and appointed to the position of Choreographer in Residence by Artistic Director Patricia Barker in 2018.

His career highlights include repertoire by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Liam Scarlett, Alexander Ekman, Garry Stewart, and Larry Keigwin, and he has created original roles in works by Cameron McMillan, Penny Saunders, Sarah Foster-Sproull and Javier De Frutos. He recently brought the role of Alistair Stewart to life in Jiří and Otto Bubeníček’s The Piano: the ballet: ‘Prior is immediately convincing as the stern repressed Alistair Stewart.
He carries this role outstandingly through the work until the inevitable implosion of rage in his dramatic climax.’ (Lyne Pringle – Theatre Review)

His work has been presented in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Germany and the United States, with Dance Europe describing his style as a display of ‘complex partnering, precision and confidence.’

Prior’s recent stage works include The Long and the Short of It, featuring legendary New Zealand performer Sir Jon Trimmer, for the RNZB, They/Them for Grand Rapids Ballet, Mosaik, for the Palucca Hoschule für Tanz Dresden, Curious Alchemy for NZSD at Toronto’s Assemblée Internationale and Ideale for TV3’s Dancing with the Stars. His film
works have screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, The Film Society of LincolnCenter, and The Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2019 Loughlan will premiere a re-imagined take on the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, his first full length commission, featuring an original score by Claire Cowan and designs by Kate Hawley. Hansel and Gretel will premiere in November 2019 and will tour to eight centres around New Zealand.

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