Luke has contributed journalistic articles to dance, literary, arts and lifestyle publications including Dance Australia, Dance Europe, Springback Magazine, TANZweb, Time Out Melbourne and DAPPER DAN. Luke’s first dance book review will appear in the January 2020 issue of Australian Book Review.
In 2015, Luke participated in the Aerowaves Europe Springback Academy mentorship programme for dance journalists, where he was one of ten writers selected from approximately 100 Europe-based applicants.
Luke completed his MA Dance Studies in 2015 at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Cologne, Germany. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University, Clayton, Australia and his research project is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Luke was also the recipient of a 2018 National Library of Australia Summer Scholarship.
He has presented research papers at Australian and international conferences. Luke’s published research papers appear in the World Dance Alliance’s Journal for Emerging Dance Scholarship, Runway – Australian Experimental Art, and Australasian Drama Studies Journal.
Luke was a co-editor and chapter contributor to the German Dance Archives book project, Yvonne Georgi: Tagebuch und Dokumente zu Tanztourneen mit Harald Kreutzberg (1929–1931). Eine andere Recherche zu den Potentialen einer kritischen Nachlassforschung, published in September 2019 by Wienand Verlag.
Following graduation from the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Southbank, Australia, Luke continued his dance training at the Ecole-Atelier Rudra-Béjart, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he also had the opportunity to dance in the corps de ballet of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. As of 2008, Luke danced professionally with the Ballett Dortmund and Aalto Ballett Theater Essen, both in Germany, where he performed corps-de-ballet and soloist roles in choreographies including Rubies by George Balanchine, Rossini Cards and Cantata by Mauro Bigonzetti, Sarabande by Benjamin Millepied, Second Detail by William Forsythe, Coppélia by Roland Petit, M/C and Carmen by Cayetano Soto, and Sleepers Chamber and Leonce und Lena by Christian Spuck. Luke assisted with role creations in several works by Ballett Dortmund’s artistic director, Xin Peng Wang, and was intermittently employed as rehearsal director at the Ballett Dortmund. Luke’s own choreographies have been performed by the Ballett Dortmund and the Ballett im Revier.
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Person #6: Luke – Norman McCann Summer Scholar I’m digging through dance-related ephemera in the NLA’s Prompt collection and various dance professionals’ manuscripts. Today I’m paying close attention to the history of non-Indigenous Australians dancing Aboriginal stories and landscapes. — My favourite thing about the Library is its vast collection of rare dance historical documents. My interest in Australian dance history is often limited by dance’s ephemerality and its thin historical record. Over the past five weeks, my research project has been further assisted by knowledgeable and tireless NLA staff and a Norman McCann Summer Scholarship. #nla50ppl
Comment from the Author
The content of this website is an archive of all my published dance journalistic writing, collated to keep track of past commissions. The process of re-reading and posting existing texts allowed me to make minor edits and improvements to early-career efforts. Please note the titles of reviews and articles do not reproduce more eye-catching headlines provided (by editors) at the time of publication, but rather refer plainly to, for example, the names of interviewees or the works being reviewed. At the request of Dance Europe, I have only included excerpts of articles commissioned by the magazine.
In the Dance Studies section of the site, I provide only a brief description of and URL links to my academic achievements and work.