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  • Title
    File 1: Graeme Murphy interviewed by Martin Portus, 17 August 2016
  • Level of description
    file
  • Date

    17 August 2016
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    1001493
  • Physical Description
    2 audio files (2 hrs., 2 min.) - digital, WAV, 48 kHz, 24 bit
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Graeme Murphy is Australia's best known and most prolific choreographer in Australia.
    He was the founding artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company and has directed ballet and opera both here and overseas. Together with his fellow dancer (and wife since 2004) Janet Vernon, he has guided Sydney Dance Company to become one of Australia's most successful and well-known dance companies.
    In 2012 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for ‘distinguished service to the performing arts, both nationally and internationally, particularly ballet and contemporary dance, as a choreographer and director, and to the enhancement of Australia's cultural environment

    Reference: Library correspondence file
  • Scope and Content
    Graeme Murphy discusses the highlights of various aspects of his career as a dancer and choreographer: his teenage training at the Australian Ballet School and early work as a classical dancer with the Australian Ballet; his developing interest in choreography and contemporary dance in the early 1970s; the beginnings of his lifelong creative partnership with Janet Vernon; the formation of the Sydney Dance Company and his appointment as artistic director in 1976; his signature productions involving theatrical spectacle, powerful storytelling, collaboration with Australian composers, and innovative set and costume designs; his constant touring overseas and work with Australian ballet; the financial disasters which prompted him to leave the Sydney Dance Company after 31 years; his work and aspirations.
  • Source
    Purchased from Martin Portus, August 2016
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
    Copyright holder:: State Library of New South Wales
    Rights and Restrictions Information:: Download available for personal use
    Approval for publication required: Written permission required from Graeme Murphy for public use
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Recorded in the sound studio of the Redfern Community Centre on 17 August 2016
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