Meet the Artist: Domenico Luciano

Domenico Luciano


“And our last artist – (last but certainly not least, as he has contributed to the success of DWDT in unmeasurable ways.)  When I met Domenico in January of 2005, I was taken with his stature and movement quality.  He had such mastery of his classical work and had already worked with world-renowned contemporary choreographers.  Domenico introduced me to Mauro Bigonzetti (Pression) and Pompea Santoro, the assistant to Mats Ek (Pas de Dans).  He also helped us to land the first DWDT Jiří  Kylián ballet, Double You.  The deal was that we could have the ballet if he and I would alternate dancing the role.  Domenico grew by leaps and bounds and was my artistic right arm as we strived for the best we could do and give to DWDT.DomenicoLuciano_2_2_2

He continued to surpass my expectations when I created some heavy acting and darker roles for him like, Titus Andronicus, Mozart, Victor Frankenstein, and my favorite role in Romeo & Juliet, Tybalt.  What he has done in Camille Claudel as Camille’s Mother, Rodin and The Waltzers, is equally powerful, and his portrayal of The Swan in Swan Lake is- for me- transcendent.

We are thrilled to share that this season he will continue to dance in most of our productions, while dancing as a Soloist with the Colorado Ballet, a company with wonderful dancers and a strong artistic team.  We look forward to his ever developing growth and are so looking forward all he will bring to our NYC performances.” ~ Dominic Walsh



Domenico Luciano from Naples, Italy joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in 2005. Having made his American debut with Tulsa Ballet in 2004, Mr. Luciano studied at the Teatro di San Carlo Ballet School in Naples Italy, and danced with various companies in Europe as a Principal Dancer including Europadance in France, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Germany, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro Dell’Opera in Rome and Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.

His repertoire includes many of the classical principal leads such as Romeo, Paris, and Benvolio in both Sir Kenneth MacMillan and John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet; Paris in Amedeo Amodio’s Romeo & Juliet with Eleonora Abbagnato, Principal Dancer with Paris Opera Ballet; Solor in La Bayadere, The Prince in The Nutcracker, and Albrecht in Giselle, all by Derek Dean; In the Night by Jerome Robbins; Onegin in John Cranko’s Onegin; Roland Petit’s Ma Pavlova with international ballerina Lucia Lacarra; and Don Jose with the National Ballet of China in Carmen.domenico_firebird

Mr. Luciano also excels in his contemporary repertoire which includes George Balanchine’s La Valse; Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat and Without Words; Orfeo in Carole Armitage’sOrfeo ed Euridice; and Mauro Bigonzetti’s Mediterranea. Also with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, he performed the American premiere of Bigonzetti’s Pression, Michele Merola’s With Painted Lips, Enrico Morelli’s Funabula, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s Dicese, Jirí Kylián’s Double You and 27’52 (gala version), and Mats Ek’s Pas de Dans. Dominic Walsh has created many roles especially for Mr. Luciano including Clair de Lune, Le Spectre de la Rose, Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, I Napoletani, Terminus and the title roles in Titus Andronicusand The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for which he also designed the costumes.

Since 2005, Mr. Luciano has danced in all of the company’s tours to Mexico, Italy, Spain, Greece, Romania, Florida, New York, Iowa, and Kansas. In 2003, he received the Leonide Massine award in Positano, Italy as Best Male Dancer of the Year and in October 2008, he was named “Best Dancer” by the Houston Press. He also made his choreographic debut in 2008, co-creating The Nutcracker with Mr. Walsh for Ballet Quad Cities. More recently, he performed Mr. Walsh’s tour de force The Firebird with Paris Opera Étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot, Victor Frankenstein, and Time out of Line. Mr. Luciano was named one of 12 Standout performers in 2009 by Pointe Magazine for his portrayal of the White Swan in the White Swan pas de deux from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, and he also received the “Young Italian Talent Award” in Florence, Italy in 2010.domenico_clairdelune