Ellipse reunites three distinctive designers with whom Graeme Murphy successfully collaborated on the 1999 production Air and other invisible forces. They are Australian painter Gerard Manion, Japanese-born Australian fashion designer Akira Isogawa and lighting designer Damien Cooper.

Yet as always with the work of Graeme Murphy, it is the music that drives the inspiration, becoming the pivot upon which the choreographer spins his distinctive stamp. For Ellipse, Murphy works for the first time with the music of prolific young Australian composer Matthew Hindson. Increasingly recognised for his outstanding achievements, Hindson was the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's composer of the year in 2000 and Musica Viva's featured composer in 2002.

Following its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House in May 2002, Ellipse has been performed in regional centres in Australia and in New Zealand, Noumea and Bangkok, Thailand. In 2004 the Company's touring of Ellipse includes a 10-city tour of the United States and dates in Perth and Bunbury, Western Australia.

Ellipse places the spotlight firmly on Sydney Dance Company's finely-honed ensemble of dancers as it takes its place in an evolving repertoire of intensely theatrical works.