KCA Development Diary: Jo Lloyd

In 2020, the eight commissioned artists of the Keir Choreographic Award share their Development Diaries with us. Works will be developed all over Australia, with the four finalists performing at Carriageworks in the finale season, 12-14 March.

In this diary we follow Melbourne-based artist Jo Lloyd.


3 Mar 2020

Jo Lloyd presents her work ‘That’s Her Name’ in Melbourne at Dancehouse for the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award Semi Final.

24 Feb 2020

Jo shares the details of her work for KCA 2020, That’s Her Name.

That’s Her Name will investigate the body as an inscriptive surface augmented through movement and materials. Lloyd uses unfamiliar methodologies to uncover physical vocabularies and behaviours between the three performers, to display the unresolved body in performance, serving as a dialogue and reflective encounter for those viewing and being viewed. Using fictional and actual history as stimulus, physicalities will be activated based on the real and imagined. Fictional characters will be performed as evidence of this history. Language will be used simultaneously as a system and as a proposition for the work, to compose the sound score, choreograph the costumes and direct the action. The dance is an ongoing negotiation between performers — materials towards a choreography. What will occur has the potential to be a two-hour opera in 20 minutes, the preparation for a public speech, a crime scene, or all of these.


Jo Lloyd is an influential Melbourne dance artist working with choreography as a social encounter, revealing behaviour over particular durations and circumstances. Her work has been presented in gallery spaces and theatres internationally. Her recent work ‘OVERTURE’ (Arts House 2018 and Melbourne Festival 2019), received three Green Room Awards and a Helpmann Award nomination. In 2018 Jo received an Australia Council Dance Fellowship. Jo is a Resident Artist at The SUBSTATION.

See a gallery of some of Jo’s previous works below.