A tribute to Australia's iconic dancemaker

Murphy

142 mins in all / 1 interval

Who is Graeme Murphy?

Labelled a national living treasure, Graeme Murphy is Australia’s premier choreographer. With his passion, creativity, humour and bold imagination, he has placed Australia on the international cultural map.

In 2018, Murphy celebrates 50 years with The Australian Ballet. He began his dance career in the company’s corps de ballet and went on to an incandescent career as the head of Sydney Dance Company.

We pay tribute to this remarkable artist with a revival of his vividly re-imagined Firebird, alongside excerpts from his groundbreaking The Silver Rose, Air and Other Invisible Forces, Grand and Ellipse, in a special anniversary tribute event.

Experience the genius of Graeme Murphy this autumn with a showcase of some of his greatest moments.

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Repertoire:

The Silver Rose (excerpt)
Music Carl Vine


Shéhérazade
Music 
Maurice Ravel


Air and Other Invisible Forces (excerpt)
Music Michael Askill


Ellipse (excerpt)
Music Matthew Hindson


Grand (excerpt)
Music Alberto Ginastera, Ludwig van Beethoven, George Gershwin, Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Charles-François Gounod


Firebird
Music Igor Stravinsky

Murphy’s choreography is an engaging mix of new and familiar: just when you have a sense of where a phrase is going, it does something fresh.

Sydney Morning Herald

“The choreography is challenging, rich with emotion ​and breathtaking to watch”

– The Sunday Age

GRAEME MURPHY. PHOTOGRAPHY KATE LONGLEY, LYNETTE WILLS, LISA TOMASETTI AND JESSICA BIALEK

“Electrifying leaps of the imagination ... must-see program”

–  The Australian on Firebird

ARTISTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET. PHOTOGRAPHY ALEX MAKAYEV

Shéhérazade and Grand, Sydney Dance Company

PHOTOGRAPHY BRANCO GAICA/JEFF BUSBY, COURTESY OF SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY

The Silver Rose, on stage and in rehearsals

ARTISTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET. PHOTOGRAPHY LYNETTE WILLS AND KATE LONGLEY

THE SILVER ROSE (excerpt)
Music Carl Vine
Costume and set design Roger Kirk
Original lighting design Damien Cooper
Projection design Jason Lam
Original producer Bayerisches Staatsballett

AIR AND OTHER INVISIBLE FORCES (trio then duet)
Music Michael Askill (performed to recording)
Costume design Akira Isogawa
Production design Gerard Manion
Original lighting design Damien Cooper
Original producer Sydney Dance Company

SHÉHÉRAZADE (complete work)
Music Maurice Ravel
Costume and set design Kristian Fredrikson
Original lighting design John Rayment
Original producer Sydney Dance Company

ELLIPSE (quartet)
Music Matthew Hindson
Costume design Akira Isogawa
Set design Gerard Manion
Original lighting design Damien Cooper
Original producer Sydney Dance Company

GRAND (excerpts)
Music Alberto Ginastera, Ludwig van Beethoven, George Gershwin, Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, Charles-François Gounod
Costume design Akira Isogawa
Set design Gerard Manion
Original lighting design Damien Cooper
Original producer Sydney Dance Company 

FIREBIRD
Concept and choreography Graeme Murphy
Creative associate Janet Vernon
Music Igor Stravinsky The Firebird Suite
Costume and set design Leon Krasenstein
Original lighting design Damien Cooper
Generously supported by The Dame Peggy van Praagh Fund

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A dancer's relationship with their reflection

Murphy on the mirror

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The centrepiece of our Murphy program

Creating Firebird

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From Ginastera to Gershwin

Murphy's Grand

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A strange and wonderful tale

The story of Firebird

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He talks about his early fascination with ballet

Murphy: The early years

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A 50-year relationship

Murphy and The Australian Ballet

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How important is the audience to a dancer?

Murphy on the audience

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A high-octane pas de quatre

Murphy's Ellipse

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Lifting traditional choreography to another level

Murphy's choreography

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