At the Romeo & Juliet gala, I had the great joy of meeting Graeme Murphy!
I have been a Graeme Murphy fan for many years going back to his days at the Sydney Dance Company.
Over 20 years ago I was inspired to write to him, and he wrote back!
Over Easter I am penning him another letter, and this is why I think he is inspiration…
The ballet, Romeo & Juliet debuted in Melbourne, September 2011 and provoked passionate reactions from critics and fans, who are split over its merits. Murphy sees this as a sign of success.
“I don’t worry about not pleasing everybody,” he says.
“It’s too easy to do something that people would be comfortable with.
When people say, ‘It’s exactly how I imagined’, to me that is offensive.
If my work is how they imagined then I would have failed.
People put too much weight on perfection, which is not healthy.
Flaws provoke thought.
I knew I had to take people out of their memory base.”