Painting by Helen F Wilson
Kally Lloyd-Jones was born and raised in Scotland. She initially trained at the Theatre Arts Ballet School and Central School of Ballet in London and has an MA in English Literature and Film Studies from Glasgow University.
She has worked extensively as a director, movement director, choreographer, dancer, teacher and choreologist in the UK as well as internationally and has also developed significant experience in senior management and leadership roles in both Canada and the UK.
She has worked with companies including the Royal Swedish Ballet, The Royal Ballet School, David Hughes Dance Company, Paragon Ensemble, Ontario Ballet Theatre, Desrosiers Dance Theatre, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Opera, The Citizens Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, The Tron Theatre, The Traverse, The Lyceum, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Danish National Opera, Liceu Barcelona, National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Book Festival.
As founder and Artistic Director of Company Chordelia, Kally has created over 13 full length dance theatre productions for the company including Les Amoureux, Miranda, Cabaret Chordelia, The Seven Deadly Sins, Dance Derby, Nijinsky's Last Jump, Lady Macbeth: unsex me here and The Chosen.
Kally was awarded a Herald Angel for directing The Seven Deadly Sins, a co-production with Scottish Opera and Company Chordelia received the Sunday Herald Culture Award for Best Live Performance 2017.
In tandem with her work in dance, Kally has directed Pelleas and Melisande for Byre Opera, Lauder for Scottish Opera/Jamie MacDougall, Grace Notes for Scottish Opera, Hansel & Gretel for St Magnus Festival/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Katya Kabanova for Scottish Opera, Le Vin Herbé for The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Cavalleria Rusticana, The Pearl Fishers L’Elisir d”Amore and La Bohème for Edinburgh Grand Opera, The Rape of Lucretia for St Andrews Opera, Eugene Onegin for Bloomsbury Opera/St Andrews Opera, Thrashing The Sea God for Joby Burgess and Tête a Tête Opera Festival, MacPherson’s Rant for The Byre Theatre, Opera Scenes 2012 & 2013 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, was Associate Director on Ariodante and Orlando for Scottish Opera and revival director for Dominic Hill’s Macbeth for Scottish Opera.
Her opera choreography/movement direction includes La Bohème, Die Fledermaus, Cinderella, A Night at the Chinese Opera, The Two Widows, The Secret Marriage, Five:15, The Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, Hansel & Gretel, The Magic Flute, The Flying Dutchman, Don Giovanni, MacBeth, Jenufa, Il Trovatore, Anthropocene, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scottish Opera) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Giovanni, The Tales of Hoffmann, La Rondine, Dido & Aeneas, Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Sir John In Love , Die Fledermaus (RCS), The Love of Three Oranges, War and Peace, Betrothal in a Monastery (Scottish Opera/RCS), Making Arrangements and Amerika (Tête a Tête Opera). Choreography for The Sleeping Beauty (King’s Theatre, Glasgow), FlyGlobespan TV commercial, The Ballad (Aye! Productions) and commissions for Elevate Youth Dance Company and Telford College. Her movement direction theatre credits include Green Whale, Wee Witches (Licketyspit Theatre Company), Playback (Ankur Productions), The Last Witch (Edinburgh International Festival/Traverse/Lyceum) Dr Faustus (Citizens Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Libertine (Citizens Theatre/Bristol Old Vic), Under Milk Wood (Tron Theatre).
She has been Associate Director/Choreographer with Harry Fehr on Ariodante at Scottish Opera, Associate Director with Harry Fehr on Orlando at Welsh National Opera and choreographer on I Puritani with Annilese Miskimmon for Danish National Opera/Welsh National Opera/Liceu Barcelona, choreographer on Jenufa for Royal Swedish Opera, movement director on Madame Butterfly for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, choreographer on The Belle's Stratagem for The Lyceum and movement director for Cyrano de Bergerac for The Citizens Theatre/National Theatre of Scotland/Lyceum.
Recent engagements include movement directing A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Giovanni and Magic Flute for Scottish Opera, The Duchess (of Malfi) for The Royal Lyceum/Citizens Theatre, An Edinburgh Christmas Carol for The Royal Lyceum, Still for the Traverse Theatre and This Is Memorial Device for The Royal Lyceum/International Book Festival. She created a new work, The Chosen, for Company Chordelia.which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 and toured Scotland in September 2019.
In September 2019 Kally Lloyd-Jones and Jessica Richards took up post as Joint Directors of the Byre Theatre in St Andrews.
For more information about Company Chordelia and Kally’s dance theatre works, please visit www.chordelia.co.uk