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.
She 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 – London. She directed SWALLOW (2016) by Stef Smith which was the inaugural production of the National Theatre of Parramatta and THAT EYE THE SKY (2018), adapted from the novel by Tim Winton for State Theatre Company of South Australia.
Kate choreographed the world premiere of DIRTY DANCING which opened in Sydney in 2004. Her choreography is used in the West End, European and North American productions.
Kate worked extensively with Lloyd Newson from DV8 Physical Theatre in London throughout the 90’s on various productions and performances. This experience has remained influential throughout her career. Kate developed a strong creative relationship with Neil Armfield. Kate first worked with Neil in 1987 and has continued this rich collaboration through to the present day, highlights being choreographer on CLOUDSTREET, Neil’s commissioning of UNDER THE INFLUENCE for Belvoir’s mainstage which Kate directed for Legs on the Wall in 1998 and Kate was Associate Director on Neil’s production of THE RING CYCLE for Opera Australia in 2013 (re-mount 2016).