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DAPHNIS and CHLOÉ

Originally premiered in 1980 and restaged in 1983 and 1989.

Daphnis and Chloé (Vicky Attard as Chloé & David Prudham as Daphnis - Photo Branco Gaica)Graeme Murphy AO often spoke of how he based his telling of the story of Daphnis and Chloé on the novella by Longus, essentially giving it a very sensual although still innocent flavor, just like the book. The work was seeped in ancient Greek atmosphere and was guided by the illustrative score composed by Maurice Ravel (originally for its Ballet Russes premiere with choreography by Fokine in 1912).  Murphy’s amazing take on Daphnis and Chloé was seen as a brilliant blend of traditional narrative story telling mixed with a vivid theatrical imagination, and some surprising diversions.  It was certainly enriched by Kristian Fredrikson’s designs, among them Bryaxis as a terrifying leather clad bikie leader; Pan on a cloud; Cupid on a skateboard.  Their fruitful collaborations were always so effective and so theatrically brilliant, the results here left the audience entranced.  In particular, New York audiences were blown away by Daphnis and Chloé.  The Company was invited to bring the entire season of 3 Programs holus bolus to Sadler’s Wells in London.

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 “If there’s one thing Sydney Dance Company has going for it, it’s a sense of humour – and best of all an irreverent one.  It also has in its favour a fresh approach to ballet standards, a troupe of accomplished dancers and a predilection for especially sensual and provocative choreography.”

Allan Kozinin, the News & Courier, Charleston, SC – Spoleto Festival

  • Daphnis and Chloé (Kim Walker as Cupid - photo Branco Gaica)
  • Daphnis and Chloé (Vicky Attard as Chloé & David Prudham as Daphnis - Photo Branco Gaica)
  • Daphnis and Chloé (Paul Saliba as Pan - Photo Patrick McArdell)
  • Graeme Murphy and Victoria Taylor in Daphnis and Chloé (Photo Ross Gould)

Premiere Season 1980

Daphnis
Carl Morrow

Chloé
Victoria Taylor

Lykanion
Janet Vernon

Cupid
Kim Walker

Pan
Paul Saliba

Dorcon
Bill Pengelly

Bryaxis
Ross Philip

Dorcon’s dancing partner
Jennifer Barry

Nymphs
Josephine Meagher, Tonia Kelly, Amanda Ryan

With
Susan Barling
Louise Dowling
Neil Grigg
Kee Juan Han
Ramli Ibrahim
Francoise Philipber
Nina Veretennikova

Return Season 1983 - Main Cast:

Daphnis
Paul Mercurio

Chloé
Janet Vernon

Return Season 1989 - Main Cast:

Daphnis
David Prudham

Chloé
Vicki Attard

Lykanion
Susan Barling

Bryaxis
Ross Philip

Cupid
Paul Mercurio

Pan
Kim Walker

*Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon performed together as Daphnis and Chloé for some performances at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne in 1980

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