Sydney Dance Company principals Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon will step down at the end of next year’s U.S. tour, after 30 years with the company.
Pair, who joined the then Dance Company of New South Wales in 1976 and relaunched it as the SDC in 1979, cited financial pressures for their decision to explore other creative options.
The future of the company and its 17 dancers is not guaranteed, given the financial strife of recent years.
In 2004, the government paid off an A$600,000 ($450,000) debt, but SDC is expected to be in the red again once figures for the last financial year, which ended June 30, are released.
SDC’s ninth U.S. tour, performing Murphy’s “Grand” and Stephen Petronio’s “Underland,” begins at the Mondavi Center for the Arts in Davis, Calif., on March 2, and concludes at the Annenberg Center for the Arts in Philadelphia on March 31.
A national tour of Oz is under way.