Narrative of Nothing by The Australian Ballet

2020 Digital Season | 14 May 2020

Expires 5pm (AEST) Thursday 28 May 2020 

Graeme Murphy, Australia’s premier choreographer, returned to essentials for his contemporary one-act work The Narrative of Nothing. Murphy plays with the notion that audiences, when confronted by purely abstract works, map their own narrative on to what they see. The score, Brett Dean’s Fire Music, was written as a response to the Black Saturday bushfires that raged across Australia’s east coast in 2009. The costumes by Jennifer Irwin, Murphy’s long-time collaborator, are sewn with tiny mirrors that reflect the searing golden rays of Damien Cooper’s lighting design. 


This production was filmed in 2012 at Arts Centre Melbourne, with Orchestra Victoria.


Click to access the original production program and the cast sheet.


Choreography Graeme Murphy  

Creative Associate Janet Vernon  

Music Brett Dean 

Costume design Jennifer Irwin 

Stage and lighting design Damien Cooper  

Sound design Bob Scott 


With Orchestra Victoria 

Conductor Nicolette Fraillon   

Concertmaster Adam Chalabi  


This production is brought to you free by our Production Partner Kawai


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