To be determined

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.

Repertoire:

The Silver Rose (excerpt)
Shéhérazade
Air and Other Invisible Forces
(excerpt)
Ellipse (excerpt)
Grand (excerpt)
Firebird

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
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THE SILVER ROSE (excerpt)
Music Carl Vine
Costume and set design Roger Kirk
Original lighting design Damien Cooper
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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