Luke Forbes

Luke Forbes is a Melbourne-based dance scholar and PhD researcher at Monash University. He worked as a ballet dancer in Switzerland and Germany prior to undertaking higher education in critical dance studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Elements of his doctoral research, a cultural history of dance in Australia, have been published by Runway Journal and Australasian Drama Studies. Luke co-edited and contributed a chapter to Yvonne Georgi: Tagebuch und Dokumente zu Tanztourneen mit Harald Kreutzberg (1929–1931). Eine andere Recherche zu den Potentialen einer kritischen Nachlassforschung (2019, Wienand Verlag).

Luke Forbes reviews 'Dancing Under the Southern Skies: A history of ballet in Australia' by Valerie Lawson

January–February 2020, no. 418 16 December 2019
Luke Forbes reviews 'Dancing Under the Southern Skies: A history of ballet in Australia' by Valerie Lawson
‘Haskell was the epitome of the word he coined – “balletomane” ... When he sat front of house, Haskell could revel in the aesthetics. Slipping behind the curtain, he could investigate the tensions, byzantine feuds and gossip.’   Valerie Lawson is a balletomane, journalist and dance critic whose writing on dance encompasses newspaper articles and also articles and editorials for n ... (read more)