Lydia Connolly-Hiatt
choreographic artist/ performer/ teacher
Naarm, so-called ‘Australia’/ Aoteoroa

Contact/ CV
Archive for SF
Darcy & Jes
Their Body and Other Tales
Every Room Has its Rules
Damn Good Smoke
Precarious Skin
Chunky Move
Luigi Vescio
Lilian Steiner
Shelley Lasica
Ellen Davies & Alice Heyward
Geoffrey Watson
Zoe Bastin
Sarah Elsworth
I respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Bunurong Peoples of the Kulin Nation, the true custodians of the unceded lands on which I live and work. I pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging, and to all Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and indigenous peoples. I acknowledge that i benefit and am implicit within these colonial structures that continue to oppress. 

Lydia Connolly-Hiatt is a freelance dance maker and performer working on unceded Woiwurrung country, of the wider Kulin nation. A dance graduate of Unitec (BPSA, Auckland, Aotearoa), Lydia now works regularly with various dance artists. These include Shelley Lasica, Melanie Lane, Lilian Steiner and Geoffrey Watson. Lydia has worked with The Body Cartography Project (USA), Footnote New Zealand Dance, Malia Johnston and Eszter Salamon (Hungary). Recently, Lydia performed in ‘Memoir for Rivers and the Dictator’, by Lilian Steiner, (Dance Massive 2019) and 'Future City Inflatable' by Ellen Davies & Alice Heyward, (Next Wave Festival 2018).

‘Fabricate’, a collaboration between Cushla Roughan, Caitlin Davey, Reece Adams, Rodney Tyrell and Lydia has been performed in Auckland (Tempo Dance Festival & The Basement), and Sydney, Dunedin & Wellington Fringe Festivals. Awarded 'Best Dance of Dunedin Fringe' and the 'Sydney Fringe Touring Award' from Wellington Fringe.

Lydia has an ongoing collaboration with Talia Rothstein; together they have created ‘Every Room Has its Rules’ (Aeso Studios), ‘Lounge’ (Mars Rooftop Performance Art),‘Damn Good Smoke’ (Bluestone Church Arts Space) and ‘Their Body and Other Tales’ (Brunswick Mechanics Institute residency 2019). Lydia is currently apart of the Emerging Choreographers Program (2019 - 2020) at Dancehouse, has received support from The Australian Council of the Arts to attend workshops in Europe and from Dancehouse & Ausdance to create their solo ‘Precarious Skin’ (Auckland Fringe 2017 & Bluestone Church Arts Space).

Lydia is currently studying Gender and Diversity Studies at La Trobe to help dismantle the patriarchy and colonial structures that continue to dominate this colonised land we call ‘Australia’. These studies are informing Lydia’s practice & upcoming work, giving a reflexive look at the importance of art-making in the midst of a political and climate crisis.