Aldous, Lucette (1938-)

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New Zealand-born Lucette Aldous trained in Brisbane and Sydney before entering the Royal Ballet School in 1955 on a Royal Academy of Dancing scholarship. In 1957 she began her professional career with Ballet Rambert. Following her time with Rambert she danced with London Festival Ballet and then with the Royal Ballet. During her time in England she danced the lead in many of the traditional classics, such as Giselle, Coppelia and La Sylphide, and appeared in many contemporary ballets including Antony Tudor's Lilac Garden. She first worked with Rudolf Nureyev during her time at the Royal Ballet, partnering him in Nutcracker during a European tour.

On her return to Australia in 1970 Aldous made her debut with the Australian Ballet as a guest artist, and the following year, 1971, was appointed a resident principal dancer. Her partnership with Nureyev developed at this time when Nureyev asked her to partner him in his production of Don Quixote for the Australian Ballet, which premiered in Adelaide on 28 March 1970. The role of Kitri particularly suited the vivacious, effervescent and technically accomplished Aldous and in 1973 she repeated her stage success as Kitri and as Nureyev's partner when the Australian Ballet filmed the Nureyev production of Don Quixote. Another milestone in her career occurred in 1975 when Ronald Hynd created the role of Valencienne on her in his production of The Merry Widow for the Australian Ballet. During the 1970s Aldous continued to guest with companies in England, America and Europe and had a featured role with Fernando Bujones in the film The Turning Point.

After retiring from full-time performing in the mid 1970s Aldous taught at the Australian Ballet School and then in 1982 joined the faculty of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University, Perth. She and husband Alan Alder also spent a number of months in St Petersburg studying the teaching methods and philosophy behind the Vaganova system of training as espoused by the Kirov ballet school. Aldous has also been an advocate of Boris Kniaseff's floor barre as a system of training.

Now retired from full-time work at WAAPA, Aldous continues to live in Perth and to coach, adjudicate and teach. She coached the Australian Ballet 2007 production of Don Quixote and in 2010 restaged this ballet for West Australian Ballet. Aldous received the award for services to dance at the 2001 Australian Dance Awards and in 2009 was honoured with the award for lifetime achievement.

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  1. Lucette Aldous interviewed by Michelle Potter for the Keep dancing oral history project
    Aldous, Lucette, 1938-
    [ Sound : 1999 ]
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Lucette Aldous, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
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    [ Sound : 1999 ]
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  4. Lucette Aldous as Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev's "Don Quixote", The Australian Ballet, 1970 [Walter Stringer]
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  5. Lucette Aldous, The Sleeping Beauty, 1974, The Australian Ballet / Walter Stringer
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  6. Alicia Markova coaching Lucette Aldous in Les sylphides, Australian Ballet Studios, Flemington, 1976 / Walter Stringer
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    [ Photograph : 1976 ]
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  7. Lucette Aldous and artists of the Australian Ballet in Carmen, 1973 / Walter Stringer
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    [ Photograph : 1973 ]
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    Lucette Aldous and artists of the Australian Ballet in Carmen, 1973 / Walter Stringer
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  8. Lucette Aldous in the Australian Ballet production of Carmen, 1973 / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1973 ]
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    Lucette Aldous in the Australian Ballet production of Carmen, 1973 / Walter Stringer
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  9. Lucette Aldous and Gary Norman, 1974, The Sleeping Beauty, The Australian Ballet / Walter Stringer
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    [ Photograph : 1974 ]
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    Lucette Aldous and Gary Norman, 1974, The Sleeping Beauty, The Australian Ballet / Walter Stringer
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  10. Lucette Aldous as Dulcinea in the Australian Ballet production of Don Quixote, Melbourne, September 1972 / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1972 ]
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    Lucette Aldous as Dulcinea in the Australian Ballet production of Don Quixote, Melbourne, September 1972 / Walter Stringer
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