Loughlan Prior
Loughlan Prior

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Loughlan Prior
Loughlan Prior

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"The Royal New Zealand Ballet finally managed to showcase Ultra Violet, a Loughlan Prior choreography initially slated to open at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden but halted by Covid-19. London’s loss was Wanaka’s gain, as a breathtaking piece explored how some non-human species see the world literally in a different light. Dancers fittingly flitted moth-like through light and shade, bare arms and legs flashing in the cool blue light of night as they paired and parted in delicate dream-like sequences set to Claire Cowan’s ethereal compositions. Every move seemed effortless, despite the difficult lifts and exacting precision required, particularly in group work. Otherworldly, complex, delightful, exquisite and memorable." Nigel Zega, Otago Daily Times.

"A definitive and unique style that reflects a contemporary ethos is definitely apparent in the performance of Loughlan Prior’s Subtle Dances, a work reflecting the rituals of courtship and touching on the ambivalence of gender fluidity." - Jenny Stevenson, Theatre Review 

"Hansel and Gretel is a wonderful production with imaginative choreography and a creative team at the top of  their game." - Lyne Pringle, The Dominion Post  

"From the moment it opens, Hansel & Gretel is a rich and delightful production." - Brigitte Knight, Theatre Scenes  

"Hansel & Gretel is a true return to form for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and its best holiday-season ballet in years."- Jack Yan, Lucire 

"The movement becomes lively and crisp as a riot of colour floods the space – the dancers running across en  masse to the rhythmic, orchestral score. Engaging all the senses, The Appearance of Colour was a stunning  start to the programme." - Denise Richardson, Dance Australia 

"Lark proved a masterwork. There’s little surprise in that since Prior has already earned considerable choreographic kudos. 78 year-old Trimmer’s presence on stage, before he even moves a muscle, reeks with the authenticity of a performer who deeply knows how dance works." - Jennifer Shennan, Michelle Potter… On Dancing 

"The subtle ‘physical calligraphy’ of Verse said it all, the choreography embroidering on Junior’s fluid torso  and arms while stretching his steely legs to the limit." - Maggie Foyer, Dance Europe 

"Prior's Eve was a series of polished vignettes involving extreme geometries of the limbs and innovative partnering, exploring the power of temptation and the struggle for redemption. The dancing, set to soaring operatic excerpts, solo piano and spoken poetry, created an aura of elegance and refinement."- Raewyn White, New Zealand Herald  

"It’s difficult to classify Loughlan Prior’s Curious Alchemy. Its rigid formality and speedy limbs suggests classical discipline, but it feels like a contemporary dance piece. Whatever it is, It’s enjoyable to watch and its complex partnering was executed with precision and confidence by both couples." - Gerard Davis, Dance Europe 

"Scribble, which Loughlan Prior choreographed and directed remotely from New Zealand, experiments with animation. As dancers move in a black void, their figures are traced in bright lines hand-drawn by the artist Glynn Urquhart."- The New York Times 

Loughlan Prior

 

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Described by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand as ‘a creative tour de force’, Loughlan Prior is a multi-award winning choreographer based in Pōneke/Wellington, New Zealand. He is the Artistic Director of Lo|Co Arts,  Creative Director of Prior-Visual, a project-based film and digital media collective, and Choreographer in  Residence at the Royal New Zealand Ballet. 

After graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2009, Loughlan joined the Royal New Zealand  Ballet and rose to the rank of Soloist, performing landmark works by William Forsythe, Jiri Kylián and  Alexander Ekman. 

He began to develop a choreographic practice alongside his performance career and distinguished himself  as a considerable talent in 2015, when he became the first recipient of the Ballet Foundation of New  Zealand’s Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award. Prior was awarded Creative New Zealand’s Tup Lang  Choreographic Award in 2016 and travelled to Toronto to stage his work at the Assemblée Internationale in  2017. 

Loughlan was appointed as Choreographer in Residence with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2018.  

In 2019 Loughlan established LolCo Arts with his long-time artistic partner, composer Claire Cowan. The  company is devoted to the seamless melding of choreographic and compositional practice, encompassing  creative collaboration in dance, music, film and fashion. 

In 2019, Loughlan retired from a full-time performance career, becoming a Principal Character Artist with the  RZNB, and premiered the highly acclaimed Hansel and Gretel, his first full length production. The ballet  included designs by stage and screen icon Kate Hawley and a specially commissioned score by Claire  Cowan. 

In the same year, Loughlan created The Appearance of Colour for Queensland Ballet’s ‘Bespoke’  programme and delivered creative masterclasses to dance communities across New Zealand and Australia.  

Loughlan holds choreographic relationships with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Queensland Ballet,  Singapore Dance Theatre, BalletX, Grand Rapids Ballet, Ballet Collective Aotearoa, Chamber Music New  Zealand, New Zealand School of Dance, Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden and New Zealand Youth  Ballet. 

His works have been presented in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Singapore, the United States, Denmark  and Canada and he has created numerous live and digital works for a diverse range of local Kiwi companies  and creative partners, including Te Papa National Museum, iD Fashion Week, WGT LUX Light Festival,  Tempo Festival, Zambesi, the New Zealand String Quartet and TV3’s Dancing with the Stars. 

Loughlan’s dance films have enjoyed screenings at the New Zealand International Film Festival, the Film  Society of Lincoln Center, BalletX Beyond, #60secondsdance Denmark, San Francisco Dance Film Festival  and the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival. 

For summer 2021 Royal New Zealand Ballet has commissioned Loughlan to create a reimagined version of The Firebird.  Also in 2021, Loughlan is launching his BalletCollective Aotearoa at Aucklands Arts Festival in March and Singapore Dance Theatre will premiere a new piece in November.

https://www.loughlanprior.com

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