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Year Title Choreographer Cast Description


1997

Bar Blu
Paul Mercurio Tasdance Part of Tasdance’s Passion Fruit series.


1996

dancing with the clown
Paul Mercurio Sydney Dance Company


1996

Masterplan

Paul Mercurio Sydney Dance Company


1994

In-side-Out
Paul Mercurio ACE A dance work performed at Vaucluse House, Sydney.


1993

Imprint
Paul Mercurio, Jan Pinkerton, Stephen Page, Caroly Hammer ACE


1992

Jesus Christ, Superstar

Paul Mercurio Australian Cast The 1992 Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Jesus Christ Superstar with John Farnham and Angry Anderson.


1992

Contact

Paul Mercurio ACE Developed especially for the company’s inaugural season, Contact was a piece about the journey of self-discovery we all make as human beings.


1992

Edgeing
Paul Mercurio Sydney Dance Company Innovative piece performed on in-line skates.


1992

Piano Sonata
Graeme Murphy Paul Mercurio Piano Sonata is an abstract work to a commissioned score which is played live on stage during the ballet. Costumes are by Jennifer Irwin, lighting design by Roderick van Gelder. This live performance was filmed by the ABC.

1991


Emotional Disconnection
Paul Mercurio Spring Dance Collection

1991


Looking for Rhythm
Paul Mercurio University of Western Sydney, Nepean Dance


1991

Poppy
Graeme Murphy Graeme Murphy, Janet Vernon and artists of Sydney Dance Company ‘Poppy’ examines through dance aspects of the life of Jean Cocteau. It includes reference to his childhood, his schoolfriends, his activities with Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe and his involvement with opium taking. This recording was made for SBS Television. General note: ‘Poppy’ Graeme Murphy’s first full-length work. It premiered in 1978.


1991

Soft Bruising

Graeme Murphy Sydney Dance Company Abstract dance work. Alludes to love, the heart, blood pumping through the veins and other notions symbolically connected to the colour red.


1990

Moment of Choice
Paul Mercurio National Capital Dancers


1990

Company of Wo/Men
Paul Mercurio Sydney Dance Company


1990

King Roger
Graeme Murphy Paul Mercurio,
Ross Philip, Janet Vernon, Alfred Williams (Taahi) and artists of Sydney Dance Company
A narrative work that recounts an episode in the life of King Roger, twelfth century ruler of Sicily. Features Ross Philip as King Roger, Janet Vernon as his wife Roxana, Paul Mercurio as Edrisi his sage and Alfred Williams (Taahi) as the Shepherd. General note: The dance work is set to the opera ‘King Roger’ by Karol Szymanowski.


1989

Cafe

Paul Mercurio, Kim Walker Sydney Dance Company Produced for Australian Broadcasting Company, Cafe is based on the choreographers’ experiences in a Darlinghurst coffee shop.


1989

Daphnis and Chloe
Graeme Murphy Vicki Attard, Paul Mercurio, Ross Philip, David Prudham, Janet Vernon, Kim Walker and artists of Sydney Dance Company A danced version of the Greek story of Daphnis and Chloe. Chloe is danced by Vicki Attard, Daphnis by David Prudham and Cupid by Paul Mercurio. General note: Murphy first made this piece in 1980. This version was made in 1989.


1989

Song of the Night
Graeme Murphy Sydney Dance Company


1989
Waiting Paul Mercurio Sydney Dance Company


1989

Dancing With I
Paul Mercurio Paul Mercurio


1988
Vast Graeme Murphy, Paul Mercurio Sydney Dance Company A Bicentennial dance event choreographed by Graeme Murphy on dancers from the Australian Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, The Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet Company. The sections of the work are each inspired by different aspects of the Australian landscape.


1988
Kraanerg Graeme Murphy Janet Vernon and artists of Sydney Dance Company A contemporary, abstract dance work. Costumes by Jennifer Irwin, set design by George Freedman, lighting by John Drummond Montgomery, music by Iannis Xenakis. General note: Murphy talks about making this work in an oral history interview, TRC 2680, held in the National Library of Australia.

1987


Duo for Two Boys
Paul Mercurio Sydney Dance Company Risks Season


1987

Two Men and One Woman
Paul Mercurio Sydney Dance Company Risks Season


1986

Sirens–Madonna Section

Paul Mercurio Sydney Dance Company


1986
Boxes Graeme Murphy Sydney Dance Company Boxes was conceived by Iva Davies, Bob Kretschmer and Graeme Murphy as a dance work which was first performed by the Sydney Dance Company at the Sydney Opera House on November 7, 1985.


1986

Tabula Rasa
Ohad Naharin Sydney Dance Company


1985
After Venice Graeme Murphy Paul Mercurio,
Janet Vernon,
Garth Welch and artists of Sydney Dance Company
A work that examines in dance the psychological motives of the main characters in Thomas Mann’s novella, Death in Venice. Paul danced the role of a the young Polish boy, Tadzio.


1984
Black and Blue Louis Falco Paul Mercurio


1984
Some Rooms Graeme Murphy Susan Barling,
Tonia Kelly, Paul Mercurio, Ross Philip, Janet Vernon and artists of Sydney Dance Company
The four sections of this piece take place in four different rooms – the bedroom, the bathroom, the changing room and the reading room. The rooms are metaphors for inner spaces of the mind. In the bedroom the voyager dances out fantasy of an idealised love, in the bathroom he becomes the object of another’s fantasy, in the changing room he encounters conflicts of sexuality and in the reading room he gains a perspective on the relationship between the physical and the spiritual. First performed in 1983.

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