Rani Luther —

Ballet Mistress and Creative Associate

Rani Luther was born in Melbourne and attended the National Theatre Ballet School before completing her education at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Rani’s professional career began with the Kiel Ballet Company Germany in 1995 before moving to The Netherlands where she danced with world-renowned Netherlands Dance Theatre 2 and Netherlands Dance Theatre 1. In 2003 Rani returned home to dance with The Australian Ballet, joined Sydney Dance Company in 2007 and was a Principal Dancer with Melbourne Ballet Company until 2011. Rani has worked with choreographers such as Jiri Kylián, Hans Van Manen, Paul Lightfoot, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Graeme Murphy and Rafael Bonachela. She won a gold medal at the Sanlam International Ballet Competition, South Africa 1993, was winner of the outstanding performance award in the City of Sydney Ballet Scholarship 1994 and received a nomination for best female dancer in the Green Room Award 2006 for her roles in Relic and Jiri with The Australian Ballet. Rani’s choreographic creations include two works for NDT Workshop performances 2001/2002, Face the Music for Carriageworks Theatre Sydney 2012, Illuminate for MBC Empyrean season 2016 and Outside In for Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional season 2017. Most recently, Rani created the work Lunar for Queensland Ballet’s inaugural Synergy season in 2018, and in 2019 was appointed Ballet Mistress and Creative Associate for Queensland Ballet.