Q&A: Rani Luther
8th July, 2024

Q&A: Rani Luther

Associate Director of Dido and Aeneas, Rani Luther has always seen life through movement. We sat down with her to chat through her role, creative processes and more!

How did your passion for dance and movement develop?

I have always loved listening to music from a very young age and would naturally react by moving and dancing. I always saw life through movement and could never have imagined doing any other career than a life of dance and in the arts.

What is the role of Associate Director on this production?

The role of Associate Director for Dido and Aeneas includes knowing the opera and the specific production extremely well so that I am able to help all the singers and acrobats be where they need to be on stage, and to understand best how their bodes can add to the movement and artistic vison of Yaron, the director. I have been able to coach movement and choreograph small sections especially for the ensemble, and have been a bridging person to connect artistic, stage management and Opera Queensland management.

How do you approach this new collaboration with the different artforms?

I have the greatest respect for all artistic forms and love collaborations between different genres. I approach this process by recognising that each skill has its own place but that the common language created by the virtuosity of each performer’s skills add to the wow factor. It has been interesting to see the cross pollination of energies amongst the acrobats, singers and musicians, to create a powerful end result. This process is only achieved by the openness of all the artists, which they have some into this process with the upmost generosity.

What has been your favourite part of this creative process?

Listening to the amazing singers and to see how the acrobats build their movement base with the outstanding jaw dropping skills they perform.

What do you hope audiences will take away from Dido and Aeneas?

I hope that audiences are mesmerised by this beautiful story and left in awe from seeing the exceptional talent on stage. I believe the power of this production is in the collaboration of two very different genres bought to life by the stunning interpretation of artistic vision combined with timeless opera and music.

What does your perfect Sunday look like?

A perfect Sunday for me involves a little sleep in, a long walk in nature, time with my 10 year old twins or a beautiful home cooked dinner with my partner.

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