Loughlan Prior is an award winning Aussie/Kiwi choreographer, fusing both classical and contemporary dance to construct narrative and virtuosic performance works.
He is the Choreographer in Residence at the ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET and the Creative Director of PRIOR VISUAL, a project based film collective.

Described by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand as ‘A creative tour de force’, Loughlan Prior is an award winning Aussie/Kiwi choreographer and film maker based in Wellington. His choreographic work began as early as his first school years where he received the Warrandyte Youth Arts Award for promising emerging talent. 

After graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2009, Loughlan joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet and began creating small works alongside his performance career. He became the first recipient of the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand’s Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award in 2015 and was awarded Creative New Zealand’s Tup Lang Choreographic Award in 2016, travelling to Toronto to stage his work at the Assemblée Internationale.

Prior was appointed to the position of Choreographer in Residence at the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2018 and has been the Creative Director of Prior Visual, a project based film collective, since 2014. Together with composer Claire Cowan, Loughlan Co-Directs Lo|Co Arts, a performance ensemble devoted to the seamless melding of choreographic and compositional practice.

In 2019 Loughlan created Hansel and Gretel, his first full length production for the RNZB, with a specially commissioned score by Claire Cowan and designs by stage and screen legend Kate Hawley. "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. In the same year Loughlan created The Appearance of Colour for the Queensland Ballet’s innovative Bespoke programme. 

Loughlan’s ballets have been performed in New Zealand, Australia, UK, Germany, USA and Canada and he has created numerous live and digital works for a diverse range of local Kiwi companies and creative partners, including iD Fashion Week, Te Papa National Museum, WGT LUX Light Festival, Tempo Festival, Zambesi, New Zealand String Quartet and TV3’s Dancing with the Stars. His dance films have enjoyed screenings at the New Zealand International Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Centre, #60secondsdance Denmark, San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival.

This year Loughlan will create new works for Singapore Dance Theatre, Queensland Ballet, Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, New Zealand School of Dance and Ballet Collective Aotearoa as well as a new work for RNZB to premiere in London at The Royal Ballet’s International Draft Works Programme.

A constantly working mind with a burning passion for creation

 - Dance Aotearoa New Zealand

A display of  complex partnering, precision and confidence

- Dance Europe

Loaded with choreographic energy and ideas 

- MichellePotter.org 

Snappy pas de deux, and slick duets

- Dance Australia 

Prior is certainly a name to watch

- Lucire, NZ

Images: Isaac Aoki, Garth Badger
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