Lucas Jervies is an Australian theatre and dance maker, choreographer and director working across ballet, contemporary dance, cabaret, opera and theatre.
In Australia, Lucas has created dance for companies such as The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Sydney Festival and Opera Australia. Internationally, Lucas has created dance for Finnish National Ballet, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Louisville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Korzo Theatre Den Haag, Noverre Society Stuttgart Ballet and CoDarts Rotterdam University for the Arts.
In 2018, Lucas choreographed SPARTACUS, a new ballet in three acts for The Australian Ballet which premiered to critical acclaim in Melbourne and Sydney and had its international premiere at Finnish National Ballet in 2021. Lucas has created five works for Louisville Ballet including a new production of Stravinsky's THE FIREBIRD; HUMAN ABSTRACT which premiered in 2017 and was remounted in 2019; and 15 MINUTES OF FAME in 2020 as part of the ANTIPODES programme. For Singapore Dance Theatre, Lucas created FAMILY REUNION. For The Australian Ballet, Lucas’ recent work includes two new ballets, THE VOW which premiered in Hobart and is touring nationally, and IMPOSTER which premiered in 2022 as part of Dance X, as well as dramaturgy and additional choreography for SWAN LAKE.
Lucas’ other credits include: adapting and directing Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES for Griffin Theatre which toured nationally to critical acclaim; directing, choreographing and co-devising HIDDEN SYDNEY: THE GLITTERING MILE, an immersive cabaret celebrating stories from Sydney's red-light district, Kings Cross, for Vivid Festival. Lucas was choreographer for Belvoir Theatre's award-winning production of MR BURNS; writer and creator of WHITNEY AND ME for Mardi Gras Festival; dramaturge for The Australian Ballet's production of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY; movement director for the Helpmann Award nominated opera FLY AWAY PETER for Sydney Chamber Opera; choreographer for AIDA Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour for Opera Australia; director and choreographer for APPLES AND EVE with Expressions Dance Company for Queensland Theatre’s Greenhouse Series. For Sydney Dance Company, Lucas created FOUR SEASONS in a collaboration with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and VERSAILLES as part of the PPY programme. He created FOUR BALLET for Melbourne Ballet Company; and LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD for Queensland Ballet. In 2021, Lucas created BUTTERFLY, a new two act ballet for The Australian Ballet School, which premiered at Melbourne’s Playhouse, toured to Sydney and has enjoyed multiple return seasons.
Lucas has held positions as Affiliate Director at Griffin Theatre; Artistic Director of Buzz Dance Theatre: Rehearsal Director at Sydney Dance Company; and co-director of JACK productions. Lucas was Assistant Director to Neil Armfield on KING LEAR for Sydney Theatre Company starring Geoffrey Rush; and Assistant Director to Imara Savage on HAY FEVER for Sydney Theatre Company.
Lucas danced professionally performing both classical and contemporary repertoire with The Australian Ballet, Dance Works Rotterdam and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, contributing as collaborator/dancer to over 80 contemporary creations and world premiere seasons. He is a graduate of The Australian Ballet School and the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Directing.