Jo Lloyd

Jo Lloyd is an influential Melbourne dance artist interested in choreography as a social encounter, revealing behaviour over various durations and contexts. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Jo has presented her work in gallery spaces and theatres in Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, RISING, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Liveworks, Mona Foma, Dance Massive, the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

This year Jo has created, presented and performed several major works; Bang Stop for RISING with musicians Jim White and Emmett Kelly at the State Library Victoria Reading Room, Handsome at The Substation, Death role commissioned for the new Bundanon Art Museum and Archive the Archive for the NGA’s exhibition Know My Name. Her work OVERTURE (Arts House 2018 and Melbourne Festival 2019) received three Green Room Awards and a Helpmann Award nomination. In 2018 Jo created CUTOUT at ACCA, for the Melbourne International Festival, the full-length film of CUTOUT was presented as part of Tempo Festival NZ 2020.

Other major works include; DOUBLE DOUBLE with Deanne Butterworth, Tina Havelock Stevens and Evelyn Morris, presented at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Liveworks and Mona Foma, COLLISION commissioned by Tasdance, LIVE JUNK (2018 and 2019), Garden Dance for the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (2019), Confusion for Three (Arts House 2015 and PICA 2018) and Mermermer, with Nicola Gunn commissioned by Chunky Move for Next Move 2016.

Jo has worked extensively as a performer in the works of Choreographers Shelley Lasica, Sandra Parker and Gideon Obarzanek (with Chunky Move 2003-2008), and has collaborated with Stephen Bram, David Rosetzky, Aaron Orzech, Shian Law, Alicia Frankovich, Nicola Gunn, the Australian Art Orchestra, Speak Percussion and Liza Lim, Ranters Theatre and Back to Back Theatre.

Jo teaches regularly for Lucy Geurin Inc., Chunky Move, VCA and has taught extensively in Australia and overseas for Akram Khan Company, Bangarra, Australian Dance Theatre, Dancehouse, Tasdance, Dancenorth, the Art Gallery of NSW, Jacobs Pillow and Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

Jo has been the recipient of several residencies and fellowships including; Asialink (Japan 2004-5), Dancehouse Housemate (2008), Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc. (2016), Resident Artist at The SUBSTATION (from 2018), Creators Fund, Australia Council Dance Fellowship (2018) and a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship (2021).