Meet Coryphée

Lucien Xu


Lucien (Yipeng) was born in the XuZhou, China. His father started him in dance lessons to build his strength. At age eleven Lucien was selected to study at the exclusive Beijing Dance Academy Secondary School. In 2014 and 2015 he received full scholarships to train at The Australian Ballet School, going on to tour with The Dancers Company several times. He joined The Australian Ballet in 2016. In 2019 he participated an exchange with The National Ballet of China. He was promoted to coryphée in 2021.


Wayne McGregor's Dyad 1929 
Alice Topp's Aurum
Cauis in Lucas Jervies' Spartacus 
Stephen Baynes' Constant Variants 
Fish and Gardener in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland© 
Tim Harbour's Squander and Glory 
Fairy Cavalier (Temperament) in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty 
The Prince in Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker 
Peasant Pas de deux in Giselle (Regional Tour) 
Russian Dancer in Stephen Baynes' Swan Lake

Lucien as a Gardener in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©. Photography Kate Longley

Professional Accolades


  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee 2018

You may not know

Lucien is interested in photography and is a big fan of musical theatre.