Touring around nationally and internationally with one of Australia’s busiest and most sought after contemporary dance companies takes its toll on a dancer’s body. Luke Currie-Richardson from Bangarra Dance Theatre (and ex-QL2 dancer) spared a few moments from his busy schedule to chat with Health Promotions Officer, Jamie Winbank about how he maintains his healthy lifestyle.
Do you have a favourite meal that keeps you going throughout rehearsals?
For lunch, I like to eat a garden salad and fruit salad – the mix of fruit and vegetables gives me the energy boost to get through the afternoon rehearsals. For dinner I tend to eat salads and fish (Atlantic Salmon is my favourite) or pasta to regain energy and protein stores lost throughout the day.
What do you do during intensive rehearsals or while on tour?
I try to eat the same as I do during normal rehearsals, however I may add an extra meal here or there while on tour as the days can be really long.
How do you keep physically active while dancing long hours?
I try to do as much as I can physically take in a day. I ride to work (8.6km) to get into the studio an hour and a half early. At the studio I skip for 10 to 15 mins, do a min of 200 sit-ups and finish with assigned stretches from the physio and Rehearsal Director. During a work day when I’m not needed I understudy, go over material or do more conditioning; bike riding, sit-ups, stretches. After work I ride my 8.6km home then jump in the pool for a little pool running. I finish my day by stretching out and eating good healthy meals.
Luke is a descendant of the Kuku Yalinji and Djabugay peoples, the Munaldjali Clan people of South East Queensland and the Meriam people of the eastern Torres Strait. At 18 he began contemporary dance training at QL2 (Quantum Leap) performing in the “Unspeakable” season under Ruth Osborne, with choreographers Vicki Van Hout and Marko Panzic. That same year Luke successfully auditioned for NAISDA Dance College, where he completed a Certificate III in Careers in Dance. In 2010 Luke commenced a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He joined Bangarra as a trainee in 2012 and toured nationally with “TERRAIN”, to Mongolia with Spirit and regionally to Western Australia and New South Wales with “of earth & sky”. Luke is honoured to be apart of the Company and aspires to be a role model for young children both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Luke continues to dance with Bangarra in 2013 in Spirit on the Vietnam tour and taking part in the cultural residency to Arnhem Land in preparation for his performance in the new work “Blak”, touring nationally. Luke will also tour to regional Victoria and Tasmania with “Kinship”.