The Australian Ballet

Lucien Xu


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Lucien Xu


Lucien (Yipeng) was born in 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 in an exchange with The National Ballet of China. He was promoted to coryphée in 2021, and to soloist in 2022.

Repertoire highlights

  • Phlegmatic in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments
  • Harlequin in Alexei Ratmansky’s Harlequinade
  • Family in Kunstkamer, Choreographed by Paul Lightfoot, Sol León, Marco Goecke and Crystal Pite
  • Pas de quatre in Marius Petipa’s Raymonda (act 3)
  • Benvolio in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet
  • Wayne McGregor's Obsidian Tear
  • Wayne McGregor's Dyad 1929
  • Demi Soloist in Justin Peck’s Everywhere We Go
  • Caius in Lucas Jervies's Spartacus
  • Stephen Baynes’s 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
  • Peasant Pas de deux in Giselle (Regional Tour)

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.