Jo Lloyd is an influential Melbourne dance artist working with choreography as a social encounter.
Jo Lloyd is an influential Melbourne dance artist working with choreography as a social encounter. A VCA graduate, Jo has presented work in Japan, New York, Hong Kong, Dance Massive, Melbourne Festival, MCA, Chunky Move, Liveworks and PICA. In 2016 Jo was the Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc. In 2018 she presented CUTOUT in the Melbourne Festival at ACCA and premiered OVERTURE at Arts House. Jo has worked with Shelley Lasica, Sandra Parker, Gideon Obarzanek, Nicola Gunn, Speak Percussion, Ranters Theatre and David Rosetzky. She recently received an Australia Council Fellowship and is Resident Artist at The SUBSTATION.
Over a six-month period Jo will research and expand her choreographic methodologies and continue to develop the notation for her work. A lively period of studio activity, allowing her to consistently interrogate and share her practice. She will work solo and with a select group of artists, established and emerging, all of whom she has built rigorous working relationships with. She will conduct and document a series of durational showings whilst Resident Artist at The SUBSTATION.
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What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
Being a recipient of a Creators Fund grant generously acknowledges the work I have been doing over my career and most importantly allows me to enthusiastically embark on the next period of developing my work, with a wonderful group of artists, knowing I have the support to do so.
How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
As a choreographer studio time is vital and allocating time for focused attention to my art form is gold. Often various other responsibilities hinder studio time and the physical creations ultimately occur in the studio, when I spend time researching what resides in my body and the dancers I collaborate with.
What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
I am looking forward to working thoroughly and deepening my practices with the artists I have been developing work with for several years. Having time to experiment wildly, as well as refine and work on the quality of what I am producing - clarifying what I have been developing and go further. Through doing I find out more.
Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
At the end of this process I would like to have developed as a dance artist, particularly the methods my collaborators and I use. I would like to see new vocabularies, discoveries, choreographic modes, solutions and systems that have been developed with consideration, care and specificity. I would like to see the potential to extrapolate and expanded material for new works in the second half of 2019 and into 2020.
I envisage and hope this will be a period of studio activity that shifts my work in a positive way, and my work is enriched due to this. I’d like to see this as a precursor to how I will be working in the next few years, with a specific group of artists, consistently developing processes and presenting works that are full of considered, stunning surprises!