Gillian Murphy

Principal Guest Artist

Gillian is a principal ballerina with American Ballet Theatre, and in 2012 she also became Principal Guest Artist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Gillian was raised in Florence, South Carolina, US and received her high school education and advanced dance training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Gillian's repertoire includes leading roles in all of ABT's current full-length classics and in shorter works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Jirí Kylián, Antony Tudor, William Forsythe, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor, Frederick Ashton and Agnes de Mille.

She starred as Odette/Odile in ABT's PBS television production of Swan Lake, and she has appeared in world premieres of new creations by Benjamin Millepied, Stanton Welch, Jorma Elo, Peter Quanz, Natalie Weir, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and Twyla Tharp.

Gillian has danced with the Kirov Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Staatsballett Berlin, the Kiev Ballet, and in numerous other international engagements and galas. In 2009, Gillian was the recipient of a Princess Grace Statue Award, the organisation's highest honour.

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