Preserving live performance

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Preserving live performance

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Sydney Dance Company has created a new resource to preserve the works of one of Australia’s greatest choreographers and most influential artists, Graeme Murphy.

The Heritage Collection will include re-mastered films of many full evening works created by Murphy during his 31-year tenure with the SDC from 1976 to 2007.

They include Berlin, 2007; Grand, 2005; Shades of Gray, 2004;Ellipse, 2002;Tivoli, 2001;Mythologia, 2000;Air & Other Invisible Forces, 1999;Salome, 1998;Synergy with Synergy, 1992;Poppy, 1991;King Roger, 1990;Kraanerg, 1988; andRumours, 1979.

It will also feature Murphy in conversation, interweaving interviews filmed over a period of three decades, with new footage in which he reflects on his body of work.

The works document the rise of some of the other leading lights in Australia’s dance landscape, such as Janet Vernon, Paul Mercurio, Gideon Obarzanek, Stephen Page and Kim Walker.

The films are currently being digitised and edited by filmmaker Philippe Charluet, who has produced many arts television documentaries over the past three decades.

The Heritage Collection is an initiative of Julian Knights, Chair of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel and a former Chair of Sydney Dance Company, with support from many philanthropists, including Rowan and Annie Ross (matched by the Macquarie Group Foundation), Dr Kristine Dery and Tom Dery, Joe Skrzynski, AO and Ros Horin (The Sky Foundation), Andrew Messenger, Julian and Lizanne Knights, and Sylvie Mutschler.

A free screening of a selection of works from the Collection is being planned for October 2014.

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