Graeme Murphy AO

Graeme Murphy AO
  • Photographer Hugh Hamilton

1997 Hall of Fame

Graeme was accepted into the Australian Ballet School at the age of fourteen and joined The Australian Ballet in 1968, but left the company two years later after glimpsing the wealth of dance outside Australia. He danced in Europe with Les Ballets Felix Blaska for a short time, and then returned to Australia to work as a freelance choreographer.

Murphy became Director of the Dance Company of NSW in 1976, changed the company’s name to Sydney Dance Company in 1979 and, with his Associate Director Janet Vernon, developed it to become Australia’s leading contemporary dance company. Murphy has also nurtured the work of other Australian choreographers, including dancers from within his own company.
Graeme’s choreography has encompassed both abstract and narrative modes, is sometimes commercially popular, and has also always been developed with a collaborative approach. He has also been commissioned to choreograph for many other dance and opera companies. Graeme left the company in 2007 to work as freelance choreographer.

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