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, directed by Richard Jones, Un ballo in maschera, directed by Katharina Thoma and Hansel and Gretel directed by Antony McDonald. In the 2019/20 Season she directs movement for McDonald’s production of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.
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 and was a founder member of The Mature Dancers’ Project. Her work as an opera choreographer includes, for Antony McDonald, Powder Her Face (Irish National Opera), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Nederlandse Reisopera), Ariadne auf Naxos (Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park), L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Bolshoi), Fiddler on the Roof, Rusalka and The Queen of Spades (Grange Park Opera), On the Town (Hyogo Performing Arts Centre, Japan), Werther (Bergen National Opera), The Importance of Being Earnest (NI Opera) and Rusalka (Scottish Opera); for Jones, Parsifal (Paris Opéra), The Girl of the Golden West and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (English National Opera, the first also Santa Fe Opera), Billy Budd (Gothenburg, Frankfurt), The Makropulos Case (Frankfurt), Ariodante (Aix-en-Provence Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Amsterdam) and Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Lohengrin (Munich); for Daniel Kramer, Carmen (Opera North); for Sam Brown, La Favorite (Graz); for Oliver Mears Aida (Magdeburg); and for Katharina Thoma, Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne Festival).
Theatre choreography includes Oliver Twist (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), directed by Caroline Byrne, and Oresteia (Shakespeare’s Globe), directed by Adele Thomas.