Tassie twist to tragic tale
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.’’