ARTS (Dance)

Graeme Murphy
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Dancer born in Melbourne in 1950 and artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company, previously the Dance Company (NSW).

Graeme auditioned for the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne when he was 14 and was the youngest ever to be accepted into the school. It was here that he met Janet Vernon who was to become the company's principal dancer and his partner of some 30 years. A sort of eternal pas de deux.

In the early 70s Graeme danced in France with Ballets Felix Blaska in Grenoble.

He became artistic director of the company in 1976, when he was 25, and announced his aim to nurture not only dancers but also composers and designers. This has happened, and the company is now a leader in the Australian arts.

The Sydney Dance Company's office and rehearsal studios are at The Wharf, Walsh Bay and performances are at the Sydney Opera House, where it gives two major seasons each year.

Graeme Murphy
Graeme Murphy

Graeme has created more than 30 ballets including Some Rooms, After Venice and Free Radicals. His most popular ballet is probably Poppy, based on the life of Jean Cocteau.

In 1984 he choreographed Britten's Death In Venice for the Canadian Opera Company.

Graeme has also produced work for the Australian Ballet including Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker with an Australian setting in 1992 and for Australian Opera including a highly acclaimed version of Puccini's Turandot in 1990.

Murphy has also choreographed many pieces for champion ice-skating duo Torvill and Dean.

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