Murphy, Graeme (1950-)

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Graeme Murphy was born in Melbourne but spent much of his childhood in Tasmania where he took dance classes from Kenneth Gillespie in Launceston. He was accepted into the Australian Ballet School at the age of fourteen and spent two and a half years at the School before joining the Australian Ballet in 1968. He left the company after discovering the wealth of dance outside Australia, which he first encountered on a tour to America with the Australian Ballet in 1970-1971. In Europe he danced with Les Ballets Felix Blaska before returning to Australia to freelance as a choreographer, which he did during the mid 1970s.

Murphy took on the directorship of the Dance Company (NSW) at the end of 1976, changed the company's name to Sydney Dance Company in 1979 and went on to develop it as a major choreographer-led contemporary dance company. With his associate director Janet Vernon, Murphy has also nurtured the work of other Australian choreographers, including dancers from within his own company. Choreographers whose early works have been mentored by Murphy included Paul Mercurio, Gideon Obarzanek and Stephen Page.

Murphy made his first choreographic work, Ecco le Diavole, for an Australian Ballet workshop presented by the Australian Ballet Society at Melbourne's Princess Theatre in July 1971. Created to music by Nino Rota, Ecco featured company dancers Roslyn Anderson, Roma Egan, Janet Vernon and Wendy Walker. Murphy's choreography since then has spanned both abstract and narrative modes. It is sometimes large-scale and commercially popular, at other times rewardingly intimate. It has also always been characterised by a collaborative approach that, during the 1990s, has developed musically to the point where musicians often not only share the stage with dancers but participate in the performance. As well as having to his credit a substantial body of work created on his own company, Murphy has choreographed for a range of other dance and opera companies including the Australian Ballet, the Australian Ballet School, the Canadian Opera Company, Nederlands Dans Theater, Opera Australia, the Queensland Ballet and White Oak Dance Project.

Murphy was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the inaugural Australian Dance Awards in 1997. He received further Australian Dance Awards for outstanding achievement in choreography for Tivoli in 2001 and Swan Lake in 2003. In 2006, the year in which both he and Vernon resigned from Sydney Dance Company, they were joint recipients of the award for lifetime achievement. Murphy's more recent activities are listed on his website, which is available as a link at the top of this page.

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  1. Astonish me! Graeme Murphy, choreographer / director, Malcolm McDonald ; producer, Don Featherstone
    AFI Distribution
    [ Video : 1989 ]
    At 16 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.407)

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  2. Graeme Murphy, Janet Vernon and Sydney Dance Company
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Book : 1995 ]
    At UWS Penrith Ward Lib
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.723)

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  3. Body of work : a retrospective
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Sound : 2000 ]
    Languages: English, No linguistic content
    At 8 libraries
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.164)

  4. Collection of posters from Sydney Dance Company and Dance Company (NSW)
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1976 ]
    At National Library
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  5. Graeme Murphy interviewed by Michelle Potter
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Sound : 1996 ]
    At National Library
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  6. [Graeme Murphy, Graeme Murphy & Janet Vernon]
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Sound : 1986-1989 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.848)

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  7. Graeme Murphy interviewed by Shirley McKechnie for the Australian choreographers oral history project
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Sound : 1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.727)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.727)

  8. Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau in Poppy, 1980, Sydney Dance Company / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1980 ]
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    At National Library
    Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau in Poppy, 1980, Sydney Dance Company / Walter Stringer
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.621)

  9. Graeme Murphy / interviewed by Suzanne Hayes
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Sound : 1986-1988 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.241)

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  10. Heidi Giersch, Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon in Graeme Murphy's Sequenza VII, 1980, Sydney Dance Company / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1980 ]
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    At National Library
    Heidi Giersch, Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon in Graeme Murphy's Sequenza VII, 1980, Sydney Dance Company / Walter Stringer
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  1. Astonish me! Graeme Murphy, choreographer / director, Malcolm McDonald ; producer, Don Featherstone
    AFI Distribution
    [ Video : 1989 ]
    At 16 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.933)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.933)

  2. [Biographical cuttings on Graeme Murphy, choreographer and artistic director, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.578)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.578)

  3. Graeme Murphy, Janet Vernon and Sydney Dance Company
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Book : 1995 ]
    At UWS Penrith Ward Lib
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  4. Body of work : a retrospective
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Sound : 2000 ]
    Languages: English, No linguistic content
    At 8 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.287)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.287)

  5. Collection of posters from Sydney Dance Company and Dance Company (NSW)
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1976 ]
    At National Library
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  6. Graeme Murphy interviewed by Michelle Potter
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Sound : 1996 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.22)

  7. [Graeme Murphy, Graeme Murphy & Janet Vernon]
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Sound : 1986-1989 ]
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  8. Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau in Poppy, 1980, Sydney Dance Company / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1980 ]
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    At National Library
    Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau in Poppy, 1980, Sydney Dance Company / Walter Stringer
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.491)

  9. Graeme Murphy interviewed by Shirley McKechnie for the Australian choreographers oral history project
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Sound : 1990 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.461)

  10. Graeme Murphy / interviewed by Suzanne Hayes
    Murphy, Graeme, 1950-
    [ Sound : 1986-1988 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.204)

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  1. Late Afternoon of a Faun (1987 - )
    Late Afternoon of a Faun (1987 - )
    Created by NLAdance, 10 items.

    Graeme Murphy's Late Afternoon of a Faun, with a cast consisting of Garth Welch, dancing as a guest artists with the company, Graeme Murphy, Stephen Page, Janet Vernon, Nina Veretennikova ...

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  2. Poppy (1978 - )
    Poppy (1978 - )
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    Poppy premiered on 12 April 1978 at Sydney's Theatre Royal and was Graeme Murphy's first full-length work for Sydney Dance Company. Performed to a score by Carl Vine its original productio...

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  3. Shining (1986 - )
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    Shining was choreographed by Graeme Murphy for his tenth anniversary season as director of Sydney Dance Company. In program notes Murphy wrote:'Shining celebrates my grati...

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  3. Jameson, Graeme John (1936-)
    ... Graeme Jameson is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Centre for Multiphase ...
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    [ Photograph : 1980 ]
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  2. Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau with ...
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    Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau with artists of Sydney Dance Company in Poppy, 1980, Sydney Dance Company / Walter Stringer
  3. Heidi Giersch, Graeme Murphy and Ja...
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    [ Photograph : 1980 ]
    Heidi Giersch, Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon in Graeme Murphy's Sequenza VII, 1980, Sydney Dance Company / Walter Stringer
  4. Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon in G...
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    [ Photograph : 1980 ]
    Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon in Graeme Murphy's Third Conversation, 1980, Sydney Dance Company / Walter Stringer
  5. Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau, Ross...
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    [ Photograph : 1980 ]
    Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau, Ross Philip as Dargelos and artists of Sydney Dance Company in Graeme Murphy's Poppy, 1980, Sydney Dance Company, [3] Walter Stringer
  6. Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau, Ross...
    Stringer, Walte...
    [ Photograph : 1980 ]
    Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau, Ross Philip as Dargelos and artists of Sydney Dance Company in Graeme Murphy's Poppy, 1980, Sydney Dance Company, [1] Walter Stringer
  1. [Murphy, Graeme (choreographer) : programs and related material collected by the National Library of Australia]
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    Tweedie, Valrene, 1925-2008
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  1. Graeme Murphy & Janet Vernon [interviewer Suzanne Hayes]
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  2. Romeo and Juliet
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  3. Astonish me! Graeme Murphy
    Don Featherstone Productions
    [ Video : 1991 ]
    At 4 libraries
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  4. Swan lake
    Australian Ballet
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    At 31 libraries
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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.314)

  1. The workplace relations handbook : a guide to the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth) / John H.C. Colvin, Graeme R. Watson, Paul Burns
    Colvin, John H. C. (John Hugh Clifford), 1950-
    [ Book : 1998-2004 ]
    At 81 libraries
    The workplace relations handbook : a guide to the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth) / John H.C. Colvin, Graeme R. Watson, Paul Burns
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  2. Scotland / Neil Wilson, Alan Murphy
    Wilson, Neil, 1959-
    [ Book, Map : 1999-2013 ]
    Languages: English, Spanish, Italian
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  3. University unlimited : the Monash story / Graeme Davison and Kate Murphy
    Davison, Graeme, 1940-
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At 41 libraries
    University unlimited : the Monash story / Graeme Davison and Kate Murphy
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  4. Graeme Drendel
    Drendel, Graeme, 1953-
    [ Book : 1998-2009 ]
    At 9 libraries
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  1. Scotland / Neil Wilson, Alan Murphy
    Wilson, Neil, 1959-
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  2. Reader's Digest atlas of Australia [editing and design by Reader's Digest (Australia) ; contributors, Graeme Aplin ... [et al.] ; maps, Australian Surveying and Land Information Group
    Aplin, G. J. (Graeme John)
    [ Book, Map : 1977-1994 ]
    At 178 libraries
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  3. 'Watched over by the indefatigable Moravian missionaries': colonialism and photography at Ebenezer and Ramahyuck
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  1. Graeme Murphy, director: the Stages interview. -Interview by Vincent, Jeremy-
    Murphy, Graeme
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  2. Murphy's lore: and matters of Vast concern. -Interview with Graeme Murphy by Shevtsova, Maria-
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  3. Graeme Murphy - a life [Address to The Sydney Institute on Tuesday 3 Dec (2002).]
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  1. 'Glimpses' wins award for Graeme Murphy
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Monday 1 November 1976 p 1 Article Illustrated
    ... 'Glimpses' wins award for Graeme Murphy Graeme Murphy's ballet 'Glimpses' was unanimously voted ... choreographer , Graeme Murphy at the Canberra Theatre on Saturday night. ... Powell The Australian Ballet will leave Canberra today for Adelaide and Perth, where Graeme ... 372 words
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  2. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Wave of sensual rhythm HELEN MUSA speaks to Graeme Murphy about the rippling effects of some of the scenes in 'Fornicon'.
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Wednesday 19 July 1995 p 33 Article Illustrated
    ... ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Wave of sensual rhythm HELEN MUSA speaks to Graeme Murphy about the rippling ... observes. Graeme Murphy keeps audiences on their toes in Fornicon. has raised a few eyebrows simply ... which can be readily applied to For nicon. Graeme Murphy likes to think it will be rather shocking, ... 1253 words
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  3. Family Notices
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  2. Website: Delightful sites for villa residences' Materials for a history of Hopetoun Road, Toorak, 1850-1950
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