Kate Champion

Advocating for Dance in Queensland

Kate Champion

Kate is the Founding Artistic Director the Sydney based dance-theatre company Force Majeure. She has also worked variously as a director/choreographer/performer/teacher for Sydney Theatre Company, DV8 (UK), Australian Dance Theatre, Dance North, Opera Australia, Belvoir, Legs on the Wall, NIDA and The English National Opera.

In 1996, Kate was awarded the Robert Helpmann Scholarship for Choreographic Excellence enabling her to create her first solo work Face Value which was awarded a Green Room and a MO Award.

In 1997 she co-devised and directed Under the Influence for Legs on the Wall, which premiered in Sydney and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe and Riverside Studios, London.
In 2001 she created a new solo show – About Face and in 2002 directed Same, Same But Different for Force Majeure. Both these productions won Helpmann Awards.

Kate choreographed the world premiere of the stage version of Dirty Dancing which opened in Sydney November 2004 and has subsequently toured to Europe, UK and USA.

Since 2005 Kate has directed Already Elsewhere, Tenebrae 1 and 11, The Age I’m In, Not In A Million Years, Never Did Me Any Harm (a co-production with Sydney Theatre Company) and Food (a co-production with Belvoir) for Force Majeure.

In 2010 Kate choreographed the premier production of Opera Australia’s Bliss which subsequently toured to the Edinburgh Festival and Spring Awakening for Sydney Theatre Company.

Kate was Associate Director of Opera Australia’s 2013 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

She directed the 2015 premier of Nothing to Lose at Carriageworks in Sydney Festival and subsequent Malthouse season as part of Dance Massive. This was her final work as Artistic Director of Force Majeure.

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