As Sydney Dance Company's Artistic Directors for over three decades, choreographer Graeme Murphy and his creative associate, Janet Vernon, created a unique repertoire of dance works, including over thirty-five full evening productions and a diverse range of short works. The Heritage Collection acknowledges this culturally significant achievement and provides a window into these remarkable works...

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  • The Collection

    Many full-evening and shorter works are currently being edited and digitally mastered (or remastered/ restored) from many video formats, in their entirety. To date, the following programs have been completed: Grand; Shades of Gray; Mythologia; Air …

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  • ELLIPSE

    This work reunites three distinctive designers with whom Graeme Murphy has closely collaborated throughout the years, including the 1999 production Air and other invisible forces. They are Australian painter and designer Gerard Manion, Japanese-born Australian …

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  • SALOME

    Graeme Murphy’s internationally acclaimed Salome is a breathtaking interpretation of the fascinating biblical tale of Salome and her dance of the seven veils. Graeme’s sinuous choreography and sly wit coupled with the evocative rhythms of …

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  • GRAND

    Grand is both a celebration and fusion of dance and piano. Close to Murphy’s heart, Grand is dedicated to the life of his mother Betty. Murphy has been greatly influenced by music for piano and …

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  • SHADES OF GRAY

    Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, Graeme Murphy’s Shades of Gray sees the infamous Dorian Gray transported into the world of dance. Receiving its premiere on 25 May 2004 at the Sydney …

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  • MYTHOLOGIA

    Commissioned for the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, Mythologia takes its inspiration from the heroes of Greek mythology. Inspired in particular by the Greek poet Pindar who named Heracles as the founder of the Olympic Games, …

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  • Air and Other Invisible Forces

    Air and Other Invisible Forces is essentially a non-narrative work. Graeme Murphy draws his inspiration from the music of Australian composer Michael Askill and Georgian composer Giya Kancheli. Air and Other Invisible Forces takes the …

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  • BERLIN

    Graeme Murphy’s BERLIN  is an exploration using the city of Berlin as a symbol of decline and resurrection. Seductively theatrical, BERLIN explores the heart and mind of what it is to be human. A hauntingly …

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  • NEARLY BELOVED

      “Playing with time and memory has always been a favourite pastime of mine. In Nearly Beloved, the present arrives some twenty years late to find the past still patiently waiting. What might have been …

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  • VIRIDIAN

    Created in 1979, VIRIDIAN premiered in New York in 1981 with DIALOGUES and DAPHNIS AND CHLOÉ, and was restaged at the Sydney Opera House in 1992. VIRIDIAN takes its name from an evocative score by Australian composer …

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  • BODY OF WORK – a Retrospective

    Body of Work – a Retrospective was both a gala performance at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 6 May 2000 but a slightly different show was also performed nationally throughout Australia in the same …

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  • SYNERGY WITH SYNERGY

    A concerto for man, muscle and machine, Synergy with Synergy is an extraordinarily unique and exciting piece of dance. Inspired by the diversity and power of percussion, Murphy incorporates an exhilarating score, coupled by daring …

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  • POPPY – the life and art of Jean Cocteau

    Poppy premiered on 12 April 1978 at Sydney’s Theatre Royal and was Graeme Murphy’s first full-length work for Sydney Dance Company (it was later restaged in 1987 and 1991). Performed to a score by Carl …

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  • KRAANERG

    Performed and filmed at the Sydney Opera House in 1988, Kraanerg is about 80 minutes of ceaseless invention on stage from Graeme Murphy, with an intense and entrancing music score by Iannis Xenakis conducted by …

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  • SOME ROOMS

    CHOREOGRAPHER’S NOTE In Some Rooms choreographer Graeme Murphy has chosen four rooms to reflect different aspects of the human outlook. “The character of The Voyager is on a journey of discovery,” explained Murphy before the …

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  • Shéhérazade

    Ravel’s images are more of desire and erotic anguish than the hedonistic passions conjured by the title “Shéhérazade“. This intensely private composer has created an exquisite sensuality out of melancholy – where longing itself threatens …

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  • RUMOURS – a trilogy

    Graeme Murphy devised Rumours in 1978 (restaged 1979-81) as a three part ode to the city of Sydney.  Each part of this trilogy is related to the other by the source of its inspiration – …

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  • Aerial Samples

    The previous video showcases aerial samples (flying/sliding, etc…) in a selection of Graeme’s works over the years. From Salome, Mythologia, Air & Other Invisible Forces, Tivoli, Synergy with Synergy

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  • Giselle

    Graeme Murphy reinvents one the greatest ‘romantic ballet’ of all times, Giselle for Korea’s Universal Ballet with an entirely new music score by Christopher Gordon. Performed at the Seoul Arts Center Featured video: Giselle ACT …

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  • Programs

    “Between the years 1976 and 2007, countless people have contributed in diverse and wonderful ways to a body of work choreographed for Sydney Dance Company. These works reflected the times and defined a new period in dance. More recently, a group of caring friends have through their generosity made this Heritage program possible. To you all I am eternally grateful – perhaps posterity will be too”
    Graeme Murphy AO

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