Choreographer Lucy Burge made her Royal Opera debut in 1994, dancing L'Ensoleillad in Chérubin, a production for which she both revived the choreography and danced L'Ensoleillad in the 1997 revival. She has since returned to The Royal Opera to create the choreography for Gianni Schicchi, L’Heure espagnole and Gloriana, all directed by Richard Jones, and Un ballo in maschera, directed by Katharina Thoma.
Burge was a principal dancer with Rambert 1970–85. During this time she also performed as a guest artist with Rudolf Nureyev. She has danced for all the major British opera companies. She was a founder member of The Mature Dancers’ Project. Her work as an opera choreographer includes, for Jones, The Girl of the Golden West and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (English National Opera), Billy Budd (Gothenburg), The Makropolus Case (Frankfurt), Ariodante (Aix-en-Provence Festival) and Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Lohengrin (Munich); for Antony McDonald, Manon and Der Ring des Nibelungen (Nationale Reisopera), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hyogo Performing Arts Centre), Fiddler on the Roof, Rusalka and The Queen of Spades (Grange Park Opera), The Importance of Being Earnest (NI Opera) and Rusalka (Scottish Opera); for Daniel Kramer, Carmen (Opera North); for Sam Brown, La Favorite (Graz); and for Katharina Thoma, Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne Festival).
Theatre choreography includes Oresteia (Shakespeare’s Globe), directed by Adele Thomas.