Elizabeth Murphy | Pacific Northwest Ballet

Elizabeth Murphy

Elizabeth Murphy2020-04-04T16:01:01+00:00
PNB Principal Dancer
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Leading Roles

George Balanchine
  • Agon
  • Apollo
  • Coppélia (Dawn, Discord and War)
  • Diamonds
  • Emeralds
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugar Plum Fairy, Dewdrop, Coffee, Hot Chocolate)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia)
  • La Source
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Symphony in C
Andrew Bartee
  • arms that work
Peter Boal
  • Giselle (Moyna, Bathilde)
Alejandro Cerrudo
  • Little mortal jump
  • Memory Glow*
  • One Thousand Pieces
  • Silent Ghost
David Dawson
  • Empire Noir
  • A Million Kisses to my Skin
Ulysses Dove
  • Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven
Nacho Duato
  • Rassemblement
William Forsythe
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
  • New Suite
  • One Flat Thing, reproduced
  • The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
Kiyon Gaines
  • Sum Stravinsky
Ronald Hynd
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Purity, Countess, Gold and Silver pas de trois)
Jiri Kylian
  • Forgotten Land
Jessica Lang
  • Her Door to the Sky*
José Limón
  • The Moor’s Pavane
Jean-Christophe Maillot
  • Cendrillon (Cinderella)
Benjamin Millepied
  • Appassionata
  • 3 Movements
Mark Morris
  • Kammermusik No. 3*
Matthew Neenan
  • Bacchus*
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
  • Before After
Justin Peck
  • In the Countenance of Kings
  • Year of the Rabbit
Miles Pertl
  • Wash of Gray*
Crystal Pite
  • Emergence
  • Plot Point
Alexei Ratmansky
  • Don Quixote (Kitri, Queen of the Dryads, Piccilia)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
Jerome Robbins
  • The Concert
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • In the Night
Eva Stone
  • F O I L*
Kent Stowell
  • Carmina Burana
  • Cinderella (Cinderella, Summer)
  • Nutcracker (Flora, Peacock)
  • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Pas de trois)
Price Suddarth
  • Signature
Twyla Tharp
  • In the Upper Room
  • Nine Sinatra Songs
  • Waiting at the Station
Christopher Wheeldon
  • After the Rain pas de deux
  • Carousel (A Dance)
  • Polyphonia
  • Tide Harmonic
Robyn Mineko Williams
  • The Trees The Trees*

* Originated role

Elizabeth Murphy is from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. She studied at Academy of Ballet Arts and the Rock School for Dance Education, and she attended summer courses on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Chautauqua Summer Program. She was an apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theater and also danced with Pennsylvania Ballet before joining Ballet West II in 2006 and Ballet West in 2007. Ms. Murphy joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2011 and was promoted to soloist in 2013 and principal in 2015.

In addition to her PNB repertory, Ms. Murphy performed leading roles at Ballet West in George Balanchine’s Agon, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, and Stars and Stripes; Willam Christensen’s Nutcracker; Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero; Jiri Kylian’s Sinfonietta; Helen Pickett’s But Never Doubt I Love; and Adam Sklute’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

Ms. Murphy designed costumes for Ezra Thomson’s Measure Twice, Cut Once (2016) and Kyle Davis’ Make It So (2016), both for PNB’s NEXT STEP. In 2018, she designed costumes for Kyle Davis’ A Dark and Lonely Space, her first designs for PNB’s mainstage. Ms. Murphy’s Label Dancewear line of handmade dance apparel is available on Etsy.

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