I has been more than 15 years since The Australian Ballet last performed its popular production of Spartacuschoreographed by László Seregi. That 2002 season, which featured Steven Heathcote as one of the dancers playing the gladiator-rebel Spartacus, also happened to be Lucas Jervies’ final ballet as a performer with the company.

“Steven actually died on my back. I was also lucky enough to have Robert Curran die on my back. I was 21 and shaking...

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