GRAEME MURPHY AO has been at the forefront of Australian and international dance as a choreographer and director for nearly four decades and has received critical acclaim globally. 

In 2007, he and his muse, wife and creative associate, JANET VERNON, departed Australia’s flagship contemporary dance company, Sydney Dance Company, after three decades as Artistic Directors. Side by side, Graeme and Janet created a remarkable repertoire, including over thirty five full evening productions and a diverse range of short works. As well and to this day, Graeme has been commissioned to create several ballets for The Australian Ballet and has made works for international companies such as The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theatre, Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project, Canadian Opera Company, Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble, The Shanghai Ballet and the Bavarian State Ballet. 

Graeme has directed for Opera Australia and created choreography for The Metropolitan Opera in New York. He also worked extensively with gold medal winning ice-skaters Torvill and Dean. ‘Firebird’, commissioned in 2009 by the Australian Ballet, won Best Choreography from the Green Room Awards; in 2011, he received the Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Excellence in Choreography in Film for his work in the feature film Mao’s Last Dancer.
Graeme Murphy’s body of work reflects boundless curiosity about people, life, identity, sexuality, ambiguity, love, power, desire, seduction and death...

Between 1976 and 2007, Graeme Murphy AO and Janet Vernon AM, created a unique repertoire of dance works for Sydney Dance Company. The Heritage Collection acknowledges this culturally significant achievement and provides a window into these remarkable works...

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