Digitising dance works for posterity

Sydney Dance Company is creating a visual archive of the works of choreographer Graeme Murphy, its former Artistic Director.

Wakako Asano, Connor Dowling & Shane Placentino in Graeme Murphy’s Grand. Photo: Jeff Busby via Ausdance.org.au

The new filmic resource, the Heritage Collection, will include re-mastered and re-edited films of both short and full-length works created by Murphy on the Sydney Dance Company (SDC) ensemble during his 31 year tenure from 1976 to 2007.

SDC Executive Director Anne Dunn said the development of the Heritage Collection was part of the company’s 45th anniversary celebrations.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts