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Graeme Murphy AM
, 1977 (printed 2002)

by Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 30.3 cm x 40.3 cm, image: 28.1 cm x 36.0 cm)

Graeme Murphy AM (b. 1950), choreographer, was the youngest male dancer to be accepted into the Australian Ballet school, and commenced with the Australian Ballet at the age of 18. He was appointed artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company (then known as The Dance Company NSW) in 1976. Since then he has created an extraordinary repertoire of thirty full evening productions and a variety of short works. His most popular piece is perhaps Poppy, a full-length ballet based on the life of Jean Cocteau, in which he danced the title role 4 years after announcing his retirement. Since 1984 he has directed several spectacular operas, and choreographed many pieces for the ice-skating duo Torvill and Dean. He was named a living treasure in 1999, and in 2001 he was presented with the Helpmann Award for his Body of Work, a selection of highlights from his repertoire.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2002.17