Lucinda Dunn OAM is a legend of Australian dance, and The Australian Ballet’s longest-serving ballerina. Tonight, after her performance in Manon at the Sydney Opera House, she’ll bid farewell to the stage. She talks to us about interpreting Manon, her partnership with Robert Curran, and her next move.
BB: It’s unusual for a ballerina of your experience to be performing the role of Manon for the first time. How have you approached your interpretation?
Lucinda: Yes, in 2008, the last time The Australian Ballet did Manon, I was pregnant! It’s always been a role I wanted to dance. I was in the production as a young dancer in the 1990s, playing a courtesan, then the Mistress, so I know the ballet really well and I’ve watched a lot of different dancers tackle the role of Manon. Without exactly thinking, “Oh, I would interpret it like that!”, your brain is ticking away, and I had a really clear idea of how I wanted to approach the role. This ballet is such a journey for the main character, from innocent girl to woman of the world to broken victim. There are so many layers to Manon and so many different ways to interpret her. (more…)