Zachary Lopez is a contemporary dancer and emerging choreographer. In 2019, he has worked with co-director of Punchdrunk (UK) Maxine Doyle through STRUT Dance, intercultural dance theatre company Marrugeku, physical theatre company Legs on the Wall and first nations choreographer Amrita Hepi at the Art Gallery of NSW. Others include, Opera Australia, The Farm with Gavin Webber, Co:3 Australia with Raewyn Hill
and as an associate artist at Sydney Dance Company with Rafael Bonachela, among others.
Choreographically, Zachary has been awarded grants from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Western Australia (DLGSC) and Create NSW for his ongoing research work ‘Dis-integrate’. He has staged his own work at Perth Fringe Festival 2018 with a Propel Youth Arts Yculture Grant and a creative development grant from DLGSC (2017). Zachary was commissioned by Sydney Dance Company and created ‘Like a Salmon in the Sahara’ on the Pre-Professional Years which performed at Carriageworks (2016). He has also been awarded an Australia Council Artstart Grant (2015) which allowed him to collaborate with Iván Perez and Marina Mascarell in The Hague (Netherlands) and Regensburg (Germany).
In 2019, he was awarded the Young Creative Leaders Fellowship (Create NSW).
Zachary trained on scholarship with Sydney Dance Company (PPY, 2014) and graduated from Queensland University of Technology (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance Performance) in 2013.
Nerida Dickinson / Artshub
"Zachary Lopez joins her on stage, with fluid movements and conflicts expressed in organic ways."
Kathryn Kelly / Real Time Arts
"The show features not only backpack vacuum cleaners but also a dustbuster solo from Co3's whipsharp Zachary Lopez as the dance creature who emerged from the bin, half 80s-powersuited woman and half unitard-dance monster"
Denise Richardson / Dance Australia
"Searle, Lopez and Maslin embraced the hyper-mobility of their humanoid characters with cleanly executed, beautifully controlled, and (most importantly for comedy), impeccably timed movement that was hugely entertaining."
Susie Conte / Perth Arts Live
"Zachary Lopez, one of the monsters who is formed in a bin from mismatching parts, and has a naughty side. His dance with a vacuum cleaner will have you laughing hard."
Nerida Dickinson / Artshub
"As the creation found in the bin, Zachary Lopez carries off the mixed up monster well."
Nina Levy / The West Australian
“Three dancers (Zachary Lopez, Andrew Searle, Russell Thorpe) roll like waves around one another, the long black skirts of all cast members swirling in sympathy."
Nina Levy / Seesaw Magazine
"Lopez both amused and amazed as a series of crazed vibrations overtook his body."