Described by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand as ‘a creative tour de force’, Loughlan Prior is an award winning choreographer, fusing both classical and contemporary dance mediums together to construct narrative works and virtuosic dance performances. He is the Choreographer in Residence at the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Creative Director of Prior Visual, a project based film collective.
Prior has created works for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Te Papa Museum, New Zealand School of Dance, TV3’s Dancing with the Stars, Asian Grand Prix, Grand Rapids Ballet, Palucca Hoschule fur Tanz Dresden, Assemblée Internationale Toronto, Tempo Dance Festival, LUX Light Festival, iD Fashion Week, Vogue Australia and the Melbourne Fashion Festival.
His work on film has been presented by the New Zealand International Film Festival, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, 60 Seconds Dance Denmark, Film Society of Lincoln Centre and the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival.
07/10/2017 - 08/10/2017
Premiering at Tempo Dance Festival’s 2017 whY Chromozone, and created for New Zealand theatre legend Sir Jon Trimmer, LARK is a playful duet between two overlapping generations. It explores the connection between our younger and older selves portraying an older dancer sifting memories of dances past, alongside a younger dancer questing after the kinds of things that will bring meaning to his future performances. The work marks Trimmer’s 60th anniversary as a performer and will tour New Zealand with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2018 as part of a larger work titled The Long and the Short of It.
A contemporary ballet looking at the power of temptation and struggle for redemption in a series of short dramatic episodes. Eve received the Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award from the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand in 2015, and was specially recreated for Tempo Dance Festival in 2016 as part of Taumata: Four New Works.
A short dance film shot against a stark minimal landscape and a decaying residence, Memory House explores moments of interaction between past and present realities. The film premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2014 and later at Tempo Dance Festival, San Fransisco Dance Film Festival and at the Film Society of Lincoln Centre.