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Graeme Murphy
November 2, 1950 -
Nationality: Australian
Category: Dancer

But I also wanted to give them an intelligent emotional journey, without having to suspend reality - to be able to look at those characters and see reasons for the relationships and why what happens happens.


I'm in the position to pick the cream of the crop.


I think it requires a bit of honesty, Swan Lake.


I wanted to give people - which is fairly bizarre considering my whole life is contemporary dance really - I wanted to give people a really fulfilling sense that they had seen a white classical ballet - in a very pure form.


If the year 2000 can help us move into the future, that's fine, but I am afraid that people see it as a full stop and that one can take a big breath afterwards - you can't.


And currently, there are four to five new works in the pipeline for upcoming celebrations such as the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Australian Federation, my 50th Birthday, and Sydney Dance Company's 25th Anniversary.


We can't afford big symphonies but we commission works that sound rich and symphonic because of the nature of the instrumentation and the people we work with.


Mostly, I'm in the very enviable position that no one dictates what I do.


It's the emotional trigger points that are important to me because I know if I could believe in the characters and try and imagine how they felt then I'd be able to do something quite honest.


We moved, and there was a golden era in the '40s when we were so conscious of who we were as Australians.


I always figure I have this tree and there's always some green fruit that's not ready to pick or blossoms that are ready to flower; there are always some ready to drop off too.


SDC has a great reputation for putting live music on stage.


I'm thrilled at the moment because our audiences, you know, they... the demographic is 50% male.


Dance is so joyous.


No one was creating and I always wanted to be created on.


I look at the dancers and I get the inspiration for the work from them.


And dance is wonderful because dance is so immediate.


Sydney is a very good market for us - we have a very strong following here.


We also tour nationally and internationally.


I actually build my dreams around the dancers I've got in my company.


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