"Kally Lloyd-Jones deserves to be far more widely known outside her native Scotland: her beautifully imagined works tunnel deep into familiar stories and characters, throwing up new gems of insight."
The Guardian, Unmissable Culture of 2017
KALLY LLOYD-JONES Artistic Director
Award winning director and choreographer Kally Lloyd-Jones is Company Chordelia’s founder and Artistic Director. She has created & directed over 13 full length works for Company Chordelia. Born and raised in Scotland, she 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, choreographer, dancer, movement director, teacher and choreologist all over the UK as well as Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Canada. She also has significant experience in senior management and board roles in both Canada and the UK.
Alongside Company Chordelia, Kally also directs and choreographs in opera and theatre.
She has worked with the Royal Swedish Ballet, The Royal Ballet School, David Hughes Dance Company, Paragon Ensemble, The Arches, Desrosiers Dance Theatre, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Opera, The Citizens Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Traverse, The Lyceum, Solar Bear, Grid Iron, Welsh National Opera, Danish National Opera , Gran Liceu Barcelona, National Theatre of Scotland & Glyndebourne Opera.
Kally has directed Katya Kabanova, Lauder and Grace Notes for Scottish Opera, The Opera Project for Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Hansel & Gretel for the St Magnus International Festival / Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Cavalleria Rusticana, The Pearl Fishers, La bohème and L'elisir d'amore for Edinburgh Grand Opera, and Pelleas and Melisande, The Rape of Lucretia for Byre 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 for the RCS, was Associate Director on Orlando & Ariodante and revival director of Macbeth for Scottish Opera.
Kally was awarded a Herald Angel for directing The Seven Deadly Sins, a co-production with Scottish Opera and her latest works for Company Chordelia, Nijinsky's Last Jump and Lady Macbeth: unsex me here have received national critical acclaim.
Kally was Joint Director of the Byre Theatre from 2019- 2023.
"of all the versions I have seen, none has evoked its subject with the imagination and tenderness of Kally Lloyd-Jones’s new work." ★★★★★ The Guardian (Nijinsky's Last Jump)
“Kally Lloyd-Jones’s Scottish Opera/Company Chordelia co-production of The Seven Deadly Sins was sharp, sexy and bitterly sad.” ★★★★★ The Independent
“tasteful and polished, but not glamorous, and as gritty as an opera. It is a study on how popular forms are integrated into supposedly higher art forms. Certainly cool, undoubtedly intelligent“
Gareth K. Vile, The Shimmy Skinny on Cabaret Chordelia