On the Couch with Jo Lloyd

Arts Review Jo Lloyd On the CouchWho is Jo Lloyd?
A Melbourne Independent Choreographer, Performer and teacher.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I don’t have any desire to do anything differently to what I do now, I mainly have the urge to do all I do better.

Who inspires you and why?
My mother and father. They both blow my mind when I think of their paths in life, I think they were mainly inspired by each other.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Teach movement practices; dance and Yoga to a wider variety of people and communities.

Favourite holiday destination and why?  
Somewhere quiet and warm. I have fond memories of my travels within Australia and Japan, but beaches in Thailand are heavenly.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?  
I’d take them to dinner and perhaps the NGV and the gardens.

What are you currently reading?
Volatile Bodies by Elizabeth Grosz and articles about dance.

What are you currently listening to?  
Today it was YES, Beastie Boys, classical radio, pop and Morrissey.

Happiness is?  
Having some unallocated time to spend doing simple and wonderful things, often with the people I hold close to my heart.

What does the future hold for you?
Adventures and eye contact.

Jo Lloyd is a Melbourne based dance artist. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, she has presented her work in Japan, Hong Kong, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, MelbourneNOW and Dance Massive (Future Perfect 2013).

She has performed extensively, both throughout Australia and overseas in the works of Shelley Lasica, Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Sandra Parker, as well as Prue Lang, Ros Warby, Shian Law and Frances d’Ath. She has choreographed for Yellow Wheel, Back to Back Theatre, Ranters Theatre, Nicola Gunn and visual artists Stephen Bram, David Rosetzky and Alicia Frankovich.

Jo received two Asialink Performing Arts Residencies in Japan (2004-5) and the Dancehouse Residency (Dance Massive 2009). In 2010 she curated 24 HOURS at Dancehouse, which was featured on the ABC. Jo has taught for the Akram Khan Company, Jacobs Pillow, Bangarra and regularly at Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc and the VCA.

She is the co-presenter of Dancing on The Radio on Triple R with Richard Watts and Gerard Van Dyck. Jo is currently working with Nicola Gunn on her new solo Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster. Jo recently performed in Shelley Lasica’s Solos for Other People (Dance Massive 2015) and is creating a solo with Deanne Butterworth for Shelley Lasica as part of the exhibition, How Choreography Works at West Space (October).

Jo’s latest work, Confusion For Three is currently being presented at Arts House until 30 August 2015. For more information, visit: www.artshouse.com.au for details.

Image: Jo Lloyd