Kate Champion has had over thirty years’ experience variously as a director, choreographer, teacher and performer across theatre, dance, film and opera.
Kate was the founding Artistic Director of Force Majeure (2002-15) a performance company based in Sydney. Every production she devised and directed for Force Majeure utilised a balanced cast of actors and dancers, integrating spoken text, movement and visual language into a holistic form. Productions include SAME, SAME BUT DIFFERENT (Sydney Festival, Helpmann Award Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production); ALREADY ELSEWHERE (Sydney Festival and Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, Most Outstanding Performance by a Company at the Australian Dance Awards); THE AGE I’M IN (Sydney and Adelaide Festivals, touring to Dublin, Montreal and Seoul, Most Outstanding Performance by a Company at the Australian Dance Awards); FOOD a co-production with Belvoir (regional tour 2013); NEVER DID ME ANY HARM a co-production with Sydney Theatre Company (Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals plus regional tour 2016); NOTHING TO LOSE (Sydney Festival /Dance Massive 2015) and NOT IN A MILLION YEARS, 2012 Helpmann Award for Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production.
Kate has a passionate interest in new writing and work that is driven by contemporary social issues.
Kate has worked on productions with Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA, The English National Opera, The Song Company, Legs on the Wall, Australian Theatre for Young People, Theatre of Image, Dance North, Vitalstatistix, The Australian Dance Theatre and DV8 Physical Theatre in London. She directed SWALLOW (2016) by Stef Smith which was the inaugural production of the National Theatre of Parramatta, THAT EYE THE SKY (2018), adapted from the novel by Tim Winton for State Theatre Company of South Australia, world premiere of the musical EVIE MAY for Hayes Theatre and 2019 productions include EVERY BRILLIANT THING for Belvoir, MEAT EATERS for NIDA, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE for State Theatre Company of Australia and FULLY COMMITTED for Ensemble Theatre.
Kate choreographed the world premiere of DIRTY DANCING in 2004, the production continues to tour the world. Kate has collaborated with Neil Armfield on a number of productions including CLOUDSTREET for Belvoir St Theatre in 2001 and THE RING CYCLE for Opera Australia in 2013 (re-mount 2016).