Elizabeth Murphy - Pacific Northwest Ballet

Elizabeth Murphy

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PNB Principal Dancer
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Leading Roles

George Balanchine
  • Agon
  • Apollo
  • Coppélia (Dawn, Discord and War)
  • 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*
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
  • The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
Kiyon Gaines
  • Sum Stravinsky
Ronald Hynd
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Gold and Silver pas de trois)
Jiri Kylian
  • Forgotten Land
Jessica Lang
  • Her Door to the Sky*
Jean-Christophe Maillot
  • Cendrillon (Cinderella)
Benjamin Millepied
  • Appassionata
  • 3 Movements
Mark Morris
  • Kammermusik No. 3*
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
  • Before After
Justin Peck
  • Year of the Rabbit
Crystal Pite
  • Emergence
Alexei Ratmansky
  • Don Quixote (Kitri, Queen of the Dryads, Piccilia)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
Jerome Robbins
  • The Concert
Kent Stowell
  • Carmina Burana
  • Nutcracker (Flora, Peacock)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de trois)
Price Suddarth
  • Signature
Twyla Tharp
  • In the Upper Room
  • Nine Sinatra Songs
  • Waiting at the Station
Christopher Wheeldon
  • Carousel (A Dance)
  • Polyphonia
  • Tide Harmonic

* 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.

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