Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Dance - Tanya Mac­Naughton

WA BAL­LET demi-soloist Chris­tian Luck cel­e­brated his 10th an­niver­sary at the com­pany this year and does not plan on leav­ing any time soon.

“Be­ing at one com­pany this long doesn’t hap­pen of­ten so it’s nice, but hope­fully I’ve got a few years left here, so we won’t call it at 10,” Luck said.

“It’s been amaz­ing, I’ve done a lot of dif­fer­ent bal­lets. This is my third artis­tic di­rec­tor and I’ve met so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple which is great, but also a shame when they dis­ap­pear back to their part of the world.”

Af­ter danc­ing as Mar­cello in Si­mon Dow’s La Bo­heme, Sym­phony in D by Jiri Kylian and as Ty­balt in Youri Va­mos’ Romeo and Juliet, Luck has now taken on the role of the Prince in WA Bal­let’s lat­est pro­duc­tion, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs.

“I’ve never danced in the bal­let of Snow White be­fore so it’s all new to me, and to be com­pletely hon­est with you, I had to get the Dis­ney DVD out to fa­mil­iarise my­self with the story,” Luck said.

The pro­duc­tion is by Hun­gar­ian chore­og­ra­pher Gyula Harangozo who first brought the Broth­ers Grimm fa­ble to the stage in 2004.

Harangozo trav­elled to Perth for re­hearsals and Luck said the chore­og­ra­pher knew ex­actly what he wanted and how to get the best out of ev­ery dancer.

“It is quite mag­i­cal and with the set and live orches­tra (WA Phil­har­monic Orches­tra) and the pros­thet­ics worn by all the dwarfs, I think it’s re­ally go­ing to come to life,” Luck said.

“The au­di­ence will feel as though they’ve stepped in­side the sto­ry­book.”

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