Lydia Connolly-Hiatt is a settler working as a dance maker and performer on unceded Woiwurrung country, of the wider Kulin nation. They are a 2015 dance graduate of Unitec (BPSA, Aotearoa/ New Zealand). Lydia makes solo and collaborative work while performing with various dance-artists and companies. These include Shelley Lasica, Lillian Steiner, Chunky Move, Melanie Lane, Ellen Davies & Alice Heyward, and Footnote New Zealand Dance.
Currently Lydia is working on ‘solo for red’, a new project for Chunky Move’s ‘Solitude’ program with sound artist Marco Cher-Gibard. In January 2020, Lydia performed their solo work ‘Archive for SF’ at various fundraisers to support bushfire relief (Kindled Spirits, Grey Gardens Gallery & Blockprojects). In 2017, Lydia received support from Dancehouse & Ausdance to create ‘Precarious Skin’, (Auckland Fringe 2017, Bluestone Church Arts Space 2017 & Ponderosa, Germany 2018). Lydia received a Career Development Grant from The Australian Council of the Arts to attend workshops in Germany in 2018.
Jess Gall and Lydia have an ongoing collaboration. They have performed ‘Darcy and Jes’ (PowerTrip, Subclub 2019 & at a fundraiser for the Djap Wurrung Embassy in 2019). Together, Talia Rothstein and Lydia created ‘Every Room Has its Rules’ (Aeso Studios 2018), ‘Lounge’ (Mars Rooftop Performance Art 2018), ‘Damn Good Smoke’ (Bluestone Church Arts Space 2017) and ‘Their Body and Other Tales’ (Brunswick Mechanics Institute residency 2019). Lydia’s collective ‘Fabricate’ (NZ) was awarded the Sydney Fringe Touring award (Wellington Fringe 2017), Best Dance of Dunedin Fringe 2018, and performed in Tempo Dance Festival 2017 & The Basement 2017 (Auckland, NZ).
Lydia is a sex educator with Elephant Ed, while also volunteering at Chalk Circle, the gender literacy foundation. They are invested in creating work that speaks to the fluidity of gender, sexuality and sex, while acknowledging that embodiement is a radical and powerful act.