Former Australian Ballet principal finds a new base in Louisville

Robert Curran, a former principal with the Australian Ballet, has been appointed the new artistic director of the Louisville Ballet.

Curran, 38, who retired from the AB in 2011, told the local newspaper, The Courier-Journal “I have a load of ideas, and there are many, many, many beautiful ballets out there that I’m very excited about the potential of bringing to Louisville”.

The company, whose website shows a roster of 23 dancers, had 88 applicants for the search to replace the former artistic director, Bruce Simpson who retired in July. Simpson had been with the company for 12 years.

Curran will take up the position within weeks, following approval of his visa application.

At the time Curran decided to exit the Australian Ballet he indicated that his aim was to become an artistic director and it’s been suggested that he applied for the artistic directorship of the Queensland Ballet. That job went to Li Cunxin who succeeded Francois Klaus.

Curran founded the dance company, Jack Productions,in Melbourne and more recently was the rehearsal director at Bangarra Dance Theatre.

In 2012, he also was a guest teacher for Singapore Dance Theatre, where he met Val Caniparoli, a choreographer who has worked with the Louisville Ballet, including choreographing the company’s Nutcracker.

Curran’s partner is David Hallberg, the principal of American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet with whom he has been travelling in Europe, Moscow and Japan and there visiting various ballet companies from both an audience and administrative perspective.

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Robert Curran, photo © James Braund