Tassie twist to tragic tale

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - AUS­TAR MAG­A­ZINE

TAS­MA­NIAN-born chore­og­ra­pher Graeme Mur­phy is well re­garded in many cir­cles for bring­ing con­tem­po­rary dance to a wider au­di­ence.

With Mur­phy’s lat­est un­der­tak­ing – the Aus­tralian Bal­let’s Romeo and Juliet, screen­ing live from Mel­bourne’s State The­atre on pay-TV chan­nel STVDIO – he brings Shake­speare’s tragic tale of star­crossed lovers bang up to date.

Mur­phy, who took danc­ing lessons in Launce­s­ton as a child and then moved to Mel­bourne at 14 to at­tend the Aus­tralian Bal­let School, was de­ter­mined to give the Shake­spearean clas­sic a dis­tinctly Aussie flavour.

‘‘ I love Tas­ma­nia and I love the coun­try,’’ Mur­phy says.

‘‘ It’s in­spired this pro­duc­tion. I wanted to get those doomed loves out of Verona, and I wanted them to be some­where peace­ful, some­where that runs on its own clock.’’

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