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 creates a stunning visual representation for a diverse collection of pieces for this beautiful instrument. The grand piano (played by Scott Davie) takes centre stage and is moved by the dancers and incorporated into the choreography effortlessly. It was filmed in its first season at the Sydney Opera House in 2005.

 ”… Murphy clearly has an extraordinary talent – in addition to his gifts as a choreographer – of bringing together artists of various stripe who can meld dance, music, lighting, design and theatre into an unforgettable evening.”
The Times, New Orleans

Video Tab above: Graeme Murphy’s giving the work context

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  • Grand Original Poster - Jason Wilcock'(photo ©Stephen Ward)
  • Grand (Video Photo @Philippe Charluet)
  • Grand
  • Wakako Asano (photo ©Stephen Ward)
  • GRAND (painting ©Gerard Manion)
  • Grand (Perth 2007 - photo courtesy Kalman Warhaft)
  • Grand Costume (designed by Akira Isogawa)


Choreography & Concept
Graeme Murphy AO

Creative Associate
Janet Vernon AM

Costume Design
Akira Isogawa

Set Design
Gerard Manion

Lighting Design
Damien Cooper

Rehearsal Director
Brett Morgan

Scott Davie

GRAND is dedicated to
Betty Pitt Murphy 1922-2004

The Dancers - Sydney Dance Company
Katherine Arnold-Lindley
Wakako Asano
Andrea Briody
Tracey Carrodus
Bradley Chatfield
Joshua Consandine
Chylie Cooper
Emee Dillon
Connor Dowling
Alexa Heckmann
Reed Luplau
Shane Placentino
Katie Ripley
Matthew Shilling
Simon Turner
Xue-Jun Wang
Jason Wilcock

"Shall We Dance" Vocalist
Connor Dowling


Roger Buckingham
Philippe Charluet
Paul Warren
Xue-Jun Wang (piano video)

Sound Recordist
Mark Cornish

Video Producer/Director/Editor
Philippe Charluet