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BERLIN

Graeme Murphy’s BERLIN  is aBERLIN with iOTA - Hero imagen exploration using the city of Berlin as a symbol of decline and resurrection. Seductively theatrical, BERLIN explores the heart and mind of what it is to be human.

A hauntingly powerful and beautiful piece of dance that was first created in 1995 with music by Iva Davies and Icehouse, then re-staged in 2007 with iOTA as the singer/hero (as pictured on the left with dancers).

 

 

Choreographer’s Note (from the Berlin program first published in 1995):

The city of Berlin has always provoked potent global reactions and strong personal resonances, even from those who have never been there … Berlin currently and historically, evokes images of perpetual re-birth. The dominant physicality is of cranes lifting the spirit of the city towards the future, juxtaposed with streets riddled with deep, dark holes that seem to contain the ghosts of its past

More on the production

Ghosts and Angels

Review

VIDEOS Tab above:

1) Berlin (with iOTA) short Promo

2) ‘Complicated Game’ sung by iOTA

3) BERLIN trailer (from original 1995 production with Iva Davies)

  • Original BERLIN poster
  • BERLIN with iOTA - Hero image
  • BERLIN with Iota poster
  • Berlin (1995) – Tim Heathcote & Xue Jun Wang (photo ©Branco Gaica)
  • Berlin (1995) – The dancers with Iva Davies (photo ©Branco Gaica)
  • Berlin (1995) – Janet Vernon (photo ©Branco Gaica)
  • Berlin (1995) – Xue Jun Wang, Carl Plaisted & Chris Harris (photo ©Branco Gaica)
  • Berlin (1995) – Iva Davies with the dancers (photo ©Branco Gaica)
  • Berlin with iOTA (Brisbane 2007 - photo courtesy Kalman Warhaft)
  • Berlin (2007) - Simon Turner & Reed Luplau (photo @Jeff Busby)
  • Berlin (1995) - Wakako Asano with boys (photo ©Branco Gaica)
  • Berlin (1995) - Simon Turner looks at Stefan Karlsson (photo ©Branco Gaica)

BERLIN
(original 1995 version)

SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY

with

IVA DAVIES & ICEHOUSE

Choreography
GRAEME MURPHY

Creative Associate
JANET VERNON

Music Direction/Composition
IVA DAVIES
MAX LAMBERT

Set Design
ANDREW CARTER

Costume Design
JENNIFER IRWIN

Lighting Design
JOHN RAYMENT

The Band
IVA DAVIES
with
MAX LAMBERT, Piano
ADRIAN WALLIS, Cello
DAVID CHAPMAN, Acoustic Guitar
STEVE BULL, Bass Guitar
PAUL WHEELER, Drums

The Dancers
LE TUAN ANH
WAKAKO ASANO
BRADLEY CHATFIELD
ANASTACIA FLEWIN
LEA FRANCIS
KATHERINE GRIFFITHS
CHRISTOPHER HARRIS
TIMOTHY HEATHCOTE
STEFAN KARLSSON
CARL PLAISTED
JAMES TAYLOR
SIMON TURNER
JANET VERNON
XUE-JUN WANG

with
MARK STEVENS, Guest Artist

Rehearsal Director
BILL PENGELLY

Dance Master
BRETT MORGAN

Video Produced/ Directed/ Edited by
PHILIPPE CHARLUET