Gillian Murphy is the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre and became famous in the world première of Within you without you
, a tribute to George Harrison, with choreography by Natalie Weir and Stanton Welch in October 2002.
In the 2001-2002 season of the Metropolitan Opera House she received enormous success for the interpretation of three classic roles: Lisa in Fille mal gardée
by Fredrick Ashton, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake
and Kitri in Don Chisciotte
. Her performance in Swan Lake
was particularly appreciated by the audience and the critics.
Gillian Murphy joined the American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1996. In 1999 she became a solo dancer and in 2002 she was nominated principal performer.
The ballerina's vast repertoire ranges from Othello
by Lar Lubovitch, the Merry Widow
by Ronald Hynd, Rodeo
by Agnes de Mille, The Elements
by Twyla Tharp, Fancy Free
by Jerome Robbins, Clear
by Stanton Welch, Theme and Variations
, Symphony in three movements
and Tchaikovsky pas de deux
by George Balanchine, Etudes
by Harald Lander, Les patineurs
by Frederick Ashton.
In the 1999 season at the Ballet Theatre in New York City Centre Ms. Murphy performed in Diversion of angels
by Martha Graham, the first ever production by the esteemed choreographer.
Gillian Murphy's repertoire also includes Without words
by Nacho Duato and Push comes to shove
by Twyla Tharp. Other roles she has interpreted with the Ballet Theatre are Gulnare in Le Corsaire
and Myrtha in Giselle
, as well as interpretations of Bayadère
in the version by Natalia Makarova.
In July 2001 she danced with the Hamburg Ballet in Corsaire
pas de deux, she appeared in Stiefel and Stars
during the Vail International Dance Festival and with the Santiago Ballet in Chile in August 2001 for the occasion of Nijinsky Gala.