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Gillian Murphy

Gillian Murphy

Gillian Murphy (Dance ’96) is a ballerina with American Ballet Theatre. Her repertoire includes leading roles in the full-length works “Swan Lake,” “Don Quixote,” “Manon,” “La Fille Mal Gardee,” “Sylvia,” “Cinderella,” “Raymonda,” “Le Corsaire,” “La Bayadere,” “Giselle,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Othello” and “The Sleeping Beauty.” In March 2008, she will make her debut with the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg dancing Odette/Odile with Andrian Fadeyev. During Ballet Theatre’s 2008 season at the Metropolitan Opera House, she will dance a leading role in the world premiere of a work by Twyla Tharp and will also dance Nikiya in “La Bayadere” for the first time. She danced Odette/Odile in Ballet Theatre’s television production of “Swan Lake,” seen throughout the world and available on DVD. She has been prominently featured in the Company’s shorter works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, Jiri Kylian, Antony Tudor, William Forsythe, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Frederick Ashton and Agnes de Mille. She appeared in world premieres by Benjamin Millepied, Stanton Welch, Jorma Elo, Peter Quanz, Natalie Weir, John Neumeier and Robert Hill. For the past few summers, Ms Murphy directed a summer training program for dancers aged 12 to 14, DREAMCATCHERS. She is also a charter member of the concert ensemble, STIEFEL AND STARS. She is in demand as a guest artist both in the United States and throughout the world, including Germany, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Russia, Italy, Greece and Japan. Her television credits include Ballet Theatre’s “Le Corsaire;” the Washington Opera’s “Die Fledermaus;” The Balanchine Foundation’s video of “Stars and Stripes” and “Donizetti Variations”and the feature film CENTER STAGE and its sequel, CENTER STAGE 2. Her honors include the Prix de Lausanne Espoir Award and the Princess Grace Foundation Award. Ms. Murphy’s primary training was at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Murphy joined Ballet Theatre in 1996 and was named principal in 2002.