Lana Jones in Graeme Murphy's 'Firebird'. The Australian Ballet, 2009. Photo: © Alex Makeyev

Lana Jones

I have long been a fan of Lana Jones, former principal dancer with the Australian Ballet. In addition to her many extraordinary performances in a range of ballets, I remember way back in 2005 being on the selection panel for the Telstra Dancer Award, which she deservedly won that year. More recently, I recall being deeply moved as she acknowledged Graeme Murphy at the curtain calls for the 2018 production of Murphy by the Australian Ballet, not to mention her truly exceptional performance that night in Murphy’s Shéhérazade.

Shéhérazade. The Australian Ballet, 2018. Brodie James, Lana Jones, Leanne Stojmenov, Jarryd Madden. Photo: © Jeff Busby

But after she retired from the Australian Ballet at the end of 2018, I have often wondered where life had taken her. Well I finally caught up with a Talking Pointes podcast, released in early August, which explained what path she had chosen after her retirement.

Access to the podcast is at this link. For others in the Talking Pointes series follow this link.

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite performance images of Lana (now Lana Gaudiello).

Lana Jones and artists of the Australian Ballet in ''The Merry Widow', 2018. Photo: © Daniel Boud
Lana Jones and artists of the Australian Ballet in ‘The Merry Widow, 2018. Photo: © Daniel Boud
Andrew Killian, Lana Jones and Daniel Gaudiello in 'Dyad 1929'. The Australian Ballet, 2013. Photo: © Branco Gaica
Andrew Killian, Lana Jones and Daniel Gaudiello in Dyad 1929. The Australian Ballet, 2013. Photo: © Branco Gaica

Here is a link to the Lana Jones tag on this website. And below is a slow motion glimpse of Lana in rehearsal for and performance of Sleeping Beauty (with thanks to Philippe Charluet).

Michelle Potter, 5 September 2021

Featured image: Lana Jones in Graeme Murphy’s Firebird. The Australian Ballet, 2009. Photo: © Alex Makeyev

Lana Jones in Graeme Murphy's 'Firebird'. The Australian Ballet, 2009. Photo: © Alex Makeyev

4 thoughts on “Lana Jones

  1. I followed the glorious Lana’s career with fascination, joy and delight. I was spellbound by her breathtaking technique and commanding presence, and endless range, and I loved that she gave her heroines a bit of bite, making them all the more believeable.
    I wish her joy and success in equal measure in whatever she does.
    I miss her terribly!

  2. Thank you so much for this comment Kay. I am about to add a Vimeo link, just provided to me by Philippe Charluet, showing snatches of Lana in rehearsal and performance for Sleeping Beauty. It is slow motion capture and gives a beautiful glimpse of what we loved about Lana’s dancing. Hope you enjoy it.

  3. I adore Lana Jones and her partnership work Adam Bull was transcendent.

    Having seen them perform the pas de deux from After The Rain many years ago, it has become my benchmark of perfection.

  4. Thank you for your comment Emma. I didn’t ever see Lana in After the Rain, unfortunately. My favourite memory from her performances is of her dancing in Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux when she was partnered by Kevin Jackson. I thought she understood the Balanchine style just beautifully.

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