Graeme Murphy

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Astonish Me Graeme Murphy is Australia's greatest and most productive choreographer, has been Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company since 1976. He was born in 1950 in Melbourne in but spent much of his childhood in Tasmania. His parents were primary school teachers at Graeme’s local primary where he attended also. Although it was ‘unusual’ for boy’s to dance, his parents knew that Graeme liked the lime light since the early years of school. There were a few years between Graeme wanting to dance and being able to dance. Growing up he became inspired by the way the body moved, he often was taking risks to develope new ideas, another inspiration for movement for him was the local sawmill, where the workers movement and the sounds…show more content…
When Graeme first began choreographing he was greatly influenced by many of his dancers, one of them being Paul Macurio. When he was choreographing Graeme never went into a studio with set work, he liked to make self discoveries as he worked on and with the dancer and how their body moves. He felt as though is he plans a class; he may miss the ‘perfect mistake’. ...“Variation on variation”... Graeme's original dance works, numbering over seventy and including thirty full-length works, are closely created with his dancers and muse (Janet Vernon). These include Ecco (1971), Sequenza VII (1977), Poppy (1978), Nearly beloved (1984), Swan Lake (2001) and Shades of gray (2004). He based many of his works on his wife Janet, and in many them they danced together. They create their movements by feeding off the passion they feel for one another, and they can also relate to one another. ...“i can feel his movements before he does them”... As Graeme created and choreographer more and more works, he began to think dance was too ‘cautious’. He began to create his works by following his instinct, these soon became is best works. Graeme as a choreographer and dancer never cared about what the critics

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