Jo Lloyd is a dance artist based in Melbourne. Her work explores choreography as a social encounter, revealing behaviour over specific durations, under particular circumstances. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, she has been presenting her work for over 15 years, in gallery spaces and theatres in Japan, New York, Hong Kong, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Dance Massive, Next Wave Festival and Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for Small Spaces. Recent projects include; the premier of Confusion for Three at Arts House, (nominated for a 2016 Australian Dance Award – Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance), How Choreography Works with Deanne Butterworth and Shelley Lasica at West Space and for the Biennale of Sydney at the AGNSW and choreography for Nicola Gunn’s, Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (winner of two Green Room Awards). She was recently appointed as the Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc. (LGI) for 2016.
She has performed extensively in the works of Shelley Lasica (Solos For Other People Dance Massive 2015), Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Sandra Parker, Prue Lang, Ros Warby and Shian Law. Other notable works include curating 24 HOURS at Dancehouse (2010) which was featured on the ABC, choreography for Half Brother by visual artist David Rosetzky, assistant to Alicia Frankovich (ACCA, Melbourne Festival 2014) and a durational work with Nicola Gunn for MelbourneNOW (White Night 2014) at NGVI, Gertrude Contemporary (with artist Stephen Bram), West Space and Bus Projects.
This year Jo will develop her new work, Like Air, Like Nothing at LGI. She is also creating a work with Nicola Gunn to premier in Sep, she will continue to work with Ranters Theatre on their production Come Away with me to the End of the World, to premier at the Malthouse Theatre 2016 and exhibit with Deanne Butterworth at Bus Projects. Jo has received several Green Room and Australian Dance Award nominations, two Asialink Performing Arts Residencies (Japan 2004-5) and the Dancehouse Housemate Residency (2008). Jo has taught throughout Australia and overseas for Akram Khan, Jacobs Pillow, Hong Kong Academy, Bangarra, ADT, and regularly at Chunky Move, VCA and Lucy Guerin Inc. Jo is the Class Curator for Chunky Move, a member of the Green Room Awards Dance Panel and the co-presenter of Dancing on The Radio on Triple R.
Class with Jo
My energetic class involves a thorough warm up, connecting the imagination with the physical, progressing from simple warming exercises to a more detailed phrase. The warm up includes short improvised physical explorations, technical exercises and Yoga influenced practices in order for the body to be completely prepared for the final vigorous phrase. I like to incorporate my current choreographic interests, encouraging moving with efficiency and varied energy levels to access individual movement potential and tendencies.