What makes Graeme Murphy Australia’s premier choreographer? A bold imagination, irreverent humour, profound musicality and a matchless sense of the body in space.
In 2018, Murphy celebrates 50 years with The Australian Ballet. He began his dance career in the company’s corps de ballet, made his first work for our Choreographic Workshop, and went on to an incandescent career as the head of Sydney Dance Company.
Along the way, he produced landmark productions for The Australian Ballet: he set his version of The Nutcracker in a scorching Melbourne summer, made Swan Lake into a modern love triangle and charted a dancer’s journey in the moving Beyond Twelve.
We pay tribute to this remarkable artist with a revival of his vividly reimagined Firebird, paired with highlights from his stellar career, featuring inventive dance, eye-opening design and transporting music.
Join us to celebrate one of Australia’s greats.
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 AgeGRAEME MURPHY. PHOTOGRAPHY KATE LONGLEY, LYNETTE WILLS, LISA TOMASETTI AND JESSICA BIALEK
“Electrifying leaps of the imagination ... must-see program”
– The Australian on FirebirdARTISTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET. PHOTOGRAPHY ALEX MAKAYEV
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Murphy is available as part of a Season Package. Add it to your calendar and you'll be notified when single tickets go on sale in November.
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