Lucinda Dunn, Australia's Longest Serving Ballerina, Announces Her Retirement
Australia's longest serving ballerina Lucinda Dunn OAM will take her final bow at the end of the Manon season following an unprecedented 23-year career with The Australian Ballet.
One of Australia's most loved and respected ballerinas, the principal artist and mother of two today announced that she will retire following her final performance in Sydney on Wednesday 23 April.
Melbourne and Sydney audiences will have the opportunity to see Lucinda dance the lead role in Manon in selected shows, which opens in Melbournetomorrow and Sydney on 3 April. The public will also have the opportunity to meet Lucinda in Melbourne on Saturday 15 March during the McAllister in Conversation public program.
The Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, said that Lucinda's legacy will live on long into the future.
"One of my proudest moments as a new Artistic Director in 2001 was announcing that Lucinda would be promoted to principal artist. Since that time she has been a shining beacon of The Australian Ballet - a true ballerina.
"Lucinda's dancing has captivated audiences across Australia and around the world. She has inspired generations of young dancers to follow in her stellar footsteps.
"As the longest serving ballerina of our company, her dynamic stage presence will be missed but the treasure of her wonderful performances will live on in all of our memories long into the future," said McAllister.
In announcing her decision to retire, Lucinda said that she will be finishing her career on a high.
"After spending more than half my life with The Australian Ballet, it feels like a lifetime ago that I joined the company as a 17-year-old.
"My journey through the ranks of this special career has been marked by many memorable and unforgettable experiences, performances, partners, tours and coaches - but it is a fitting time to retire.
"I'm extremely fortunate to have had a lasting career and been a part of history within The Australian Ballet, and am privileged to have had such a satisfying and inspiring career," said Dunn.