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Graeme Murphy

(b. 1950)


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(b Melbourne, 2 Nov. 1950)

Australian dancer, choreographer, and company director. He studied at the Australian Ballet School (1966–8) and later at the Joffrey School in New York, dancing with Australian Ballet, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, and Félix Blaska's company in France. He choreographed his first work, Ecco le diavole, in 1971. In 1975 he returned to Australia as a freelance choreographer and the following year was appointed artistic director of the Dance Company of New South Wales, later renamed the Sydney Dance Company, where he remained until the 2006–7 season, running the company with his partner Janet Vernon. He choreographed numerous works for SDC, many of them evening-length productions, such as Poppy (1978, about the life of Jean Cocteau). He also choreographed for several other companies, including White Oak Dance Project (Embodied, 1996) and most regularly Australian Ballet, for which he created Beyond Twelve (1980), Gallery (1987), The Nutcracker (1992), Swan Lake (2003), and in association with his own company, the dance musical Tivoli (2001). As director of SDC he also encouraged younger Australian choreographers such as Stephen Page. A list of his own works for the company includes Daphnis and Chloe (1980), After Venice (mus. Messiaen, 1984), Boxes (1985), Kraanerg (1988), Soft Bruising (1990), Piano Sonata (1992), Synergy with Synergy (1992), The Protecting Veil (1993), Beauty and the Beast (1993), Berlin (1995), Free Radicals (1997), Salome (1998), Air and Other Invisible Forces (1999), Shades of Gray (2004), and Grand (2005). He also directed productions for the Australian Opera such as Metamorphosis (1985), Turandot (1990), Salome (1993), and The Trojans (1994).

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