KATE CHAMPION (Original Choreographer) is the Artistic Director and founder of the Sydney based dance-theatre company Force Majeure. She has also worked variously as a director/ choreographer/performer for Sydney Theatre Company, DV8 Physical Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Belvoir, Legs on the Wall, NIDA and The English National Opera. In 1996, Kate was awarded the Robert Helpmann Scholarship for Choreographic Excellence enabling her to create her first solo work Face Value which was awarded a Green Room and a MO Award. In 1997 she directed Under the Influence for Legs on the Wall, which premiered in Sydney and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe and Riverside Studios, London. In 2001 she created a new solo show – About Face and in 2002 directed Same, Same But Different for Force Majeure. Both these productions won Helpmann Awards. Kate choreographed the world premiere of the stage version of Dirty Dancing, which opened in Sydney November 2004 and has subsequently toured to Europe, UK and USA. Since 2005 Kate has directed Already Elsewhere, Tenebrae 1 and 11, The Age I’m In, Not In A Million Years, Never Did Me Any Harm (a co-production with Sydney Theatre Company) and Food (a co-production with Belvoir) for Force Majeure. In 2010 Kate choreographed the premiere production of Opera Australia’s Bliss which subsequently toured to the Edinburgh Festival and Spring Awakening for Sydney Theatre Company. Kate was Associate Director of Opera Australia’s 2013 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.