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SOME ROOMS

CHOREOGRAPHER’S NOTE

Some RoomsIn Some Rooms choreographer Graeme Murphy has chosen four rooms to reflect different aspects of the human outlook.

“The character of The Voyager is on a journey of discovery,” explained Murphy before the premiere season at the Sydney Opera House in 1983. “The rooms are a metaphor for thoughts and the inner space of the mind; place that people have created for their own purposes, whatever those purposes might be. Each of the rooms has a different set of characters.

Sometimes The Voyager is a person passing through a room, becoming part of other people’s lives. Sometimes he is a voyeur, simply observing them”

“I think of Some Rooms as being more like a film than a ballet. There is a feeling of it being edited, in the way that video-clips tend to jam in as many images as possible so that each time you see them, you find something else. In many ways, Some Rooms is like that.”

“The bedroom deals with youth and dreams. There are no hard-edged objects in the room at all. There are no realities.”

“The bathroom is a bit of a battleground, all chrome and cold porcelain: you put on your face to do battle with the world. It is about the religious connotations of the cleansing ritual. It is also a place of dual options: You can be so tense you can cut yourself shaving… or so relaxed you can practically leak out along with the bath water.”

“In the changing room, there is a play between personality and sexuality. It has more to do with the changing of personalities than of clothes. The clothes are seen merely as a symbol of sexuality. You can peel off that outer skin, layer by layer.”

“Then you come to the conclusion in the reading room that all this nonsense is so unimportant and that what really matters is the mind and the intellect.”

From a Jill Syke’s interview with Graeme Murphy
Sydney Morning Herald (November 5, 1983)

 

Review (re-staged in 2004)

Featured Video: Some Rooms’ excerpt from the documentary Astonish Me (with interviews)

 

  • Some Rooms
  • Some Rooms' Poster - International Tour
  • Some Rooms - Tonia Kelly & Paul Mercurio (photo ©Branco Gaica)
  • Some Rooms - Tonia Kelly & Paul Mercurio in the bedroom (photo @Branco Gaica)
  • Some Rooms - Ross Philip in the bathroom (photo @Branco Gaica)
  • Some Rooms - Janet Vernon & Ross Philip in the bathroom (photo @Branco Gaica)
  • Some Rooms - Janet Vernon & the Priests in the bathroom (photo @Branco Gaica)
  • Some Rooms - Paul Mercurio as The Voyager (photo @Branco Gaica)
  • Some Rooms - Ross Philip & Janet Vernon in the bathroom (photo @Branco Gaica)
  • Some Rooms - Janet Vernon & Ross Philip in the bathroom (photo @Branco Gaica)
  • Some Rooms - Costume design drawing by Anthony Jones
  • Some Rooms Poster (2004)
  • Some Rooms (2004) - Simon Turner & Katherine Griffiths (photo ©Jeff Busby)
  • Some Rooms (2004) - Katherine Griffiths, Simon Turner & Joshua Consandine (photo ©Jeff Busby)

SOME ROOMS (1983 version)

The BEDROOM
PAUL MERCURIO
TONIA KELLY
with
JENNIFER BARRY
ADRIAN BATCHELOR
LOUISE DOWLING
MICHAEL HENNESSY
BILL PENGELLY
FRANÇOISE PHILIPBERT
ALFRED WILLIAMS

MUSIC

KEITH JARRETT
HYMNS AND SPHERES, 1ST MOVEMENT

JOSEPH CANTELOUBE
SONGS OF AUVERGNE/ BAILERO
Sung by Dame KIRI TE KANAWA

KEITH JARRETT
HYMNS AND SPHERES, 7TH MOVEMENT

The BATHROOM
JANET VERNON
ROSS PHILIP
PAUL MERCURIO
with
BILL PENGELLY
MICHAEL HENNESSY
ADRIAN BATCHELOR

MUSIC
FRANCIS POULENC
CONCERTO FOR ORGAN

The CHANGING ROOM
PAUL MERCURIO
SUSAN BARLING
with
JENNIFER BARRY
ADRIAN BATCHELOR
SHANE CARROLL
LOUISE DOWLING
MICHAEL HENNESSY
TONIA KELLY
JOSEPHINE MEAGHER
BILL PENGELLY
ROSS PHILIP
FRANÇOISE PHILIPBERT
ALFRED WILLIAMS
KIM WALKER

MUSIC
BENJAMIN BRITTEN
SEA INTERLUDES: MOONLIGHT/ DAWN/ STORM

The READING ROOM
FULL COMPANY

MUSIC
SAMUEL BARBER
ADAGIO FOR STRINGS

Choreography & Direction
GRAEME MURPHY

Creative Associate
JANET VERNON

Set Design
GRAHAM JOHNSON

Costume Design
ANTHONY JONES

Masks Design
SUSAN ROGERS
Made by ANGUS TATTLE

Film & Slide Environment
MICHELLE MAHRER and BRETT CABOT

Lighting Design
DAVID MALACARI

VIDEO

Camera
PETA HILL
JOEL PETERSON
CONRAD MILL

Additional Lighting/ Editing/ Mixing
PHILIPPE CHARLUET

Sound Recording
GARY CARR
LINDSEY COBB

Floor Manager
IAN ROCHFORD

Vision Switcher
MELANIE SANDFORD

Computer Edit
DUNCAN SINCLAIR

Director's Assistant
MICHELLE MAHRER

Director Consultant
MICHAEL STEADMAN

Video Producer/Director
PHILIPPE CHARLUET