In this series of five interviews, Jane Albert looks at the dancers who have made legendary reputations in the lead roles of Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. Today we talk to Lucinda Dunn, The Australian Ballet’s longest-serving female principal artist, famous for her portrayal of the Baroness von Rothbart, and now director of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney.
You were involved in the initial meeting with the creative trio of Graeme, Janet and Kristian. What were your first impressions?
Graeme put the story to us, which was absolutely intriguing, and in true Murphy style, that story is exactly what panned out. But it wasn’t like he had a grand vision, he [collaborated] with us. It was fascinating to see how he would put it on stage. I believe this is one of Graeme Murphy’s greatest ballets: it’s theatrical, intriguing, beautiful and very clever. And he created it right from scratch. I’m so glad we’re the only ones in the world who have done it. It’s ours, and we have taken it to various countries and audiences around the world. (more…)