Cafe and Boxes
'A day in the life of a Darling cafe' is the theme of Sydney Dance Company's CAFE written and choreographed by dancers Paul Mercurio and Kim Walker.
Paul Mercurio, star of the smash-hit 1992 Australian film Strictly Ballroom, teamed with Sydney Dance Company colleague Kim Walker to devise, write and choreograph this innovative dance production on the theme of "A day in the life of a Darlinghurst cafe". When it opened at the Wharf Studio in Sydney, critic William Shoubridge wrote: "Prostitutes, students, druggies, preening yuppies and aerobic bimbos - each of them gets their moment to shine". The leading roles are played by Kim Walker, Paul Mercurio, Janet Vernon, Steven Suggitt and Ross Phillip. The dancers include Nina Veretennikova as the hardworking, eternally fatigued street girl; Jan Pinkerton as the intellectual's blonde bombshell fantasy; Bill Pengelly as the tolerant cafe proprietor; David Prudham as the distinctly evil drug pusher; Carl Plaisted as The Pinball Kid; and Lea Francis and Adrian Batchelor as the lovers.
Graeme Murphy's production Boxes featured original music by composer and musician Iva Davies
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