Richard Cilli is a Perth-born, Sydney-based dance artist. He has performed the work of renowned Australian and international choreographers, including Lloyd Newson, Anouk van Dijk, William Forsythe, Lucy Guerin, Stephanie Lake, Rafael Bonachela, Gideon Obarzanek, Alexander Ekman, Jacopo Godani, Emanuel Gat, Kenneth Kvarnström, Gabrielle Nankivell and Kristina Chan.
After training at STEPS Youth Dance Company and then the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Cilli joined Sydney Dance Company in 2009. He won the Helpmann award for Best Male Dancer in 2010 for his performance in Rafael Bonachela’s we unfold.
He has been a member of Sydney Dance Company, Dancenorth, K.Kvarnström & Co (Stockholm), Lucy Guerin Inc., Chunky Move and Australasian Dance Collective. Cilli has created work for Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, LINK Dance Company, and WAAPA, as well as independently produced work.
2018 saw Richard join Chunky Move to work with Anouk van Dijk on Common Ground, Anti Gravity, and Accumulation. In 2019 he co-produced and performed alongside percussionist Claire Edwardes in Gideon Obarzanek’s Recital. He also joined Australasian Dance Collective for a collaboration with Beijing Dance LDTX in China.
In 2020 Richard joined the cast of Lloyd Newson’s ‘Enter Achilles’ revival tour, presented by Rambert and Sadler’s Wells.
Richard is a certified Countertechnique teacher, and loves to share his passion and curiosity as a performer, maker and teacher in Australia and around the world.
In April 2021, Richard commenced his role as Sydney Dance Company’s Rehearsal Director.