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vetraio50
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A new apartment in 2000 meant some purchases for the pad. This photo was one of two that my partner and I bought from a Sydney dealer Josef Lebovic in 1999.

It's a photo of an Australian icon Paul Mercurio.
The photo says it all about Mercurio, the star of Strictly Ballroom.

Photographed in Studio 2, Pier 4 at The Wharf, 1989/2000. Silver gelatin photograph, titled, signed and dated verso, 37.6 x 46.8cm.
Reproduced in "Danceshots: Portraits in Dance by Greg Barrett", Gore & Osment, Sydney, 1993, p 4.

"Greg Barrett is one of the world's foremost photographers with a special interest in bodies in movement both within a commercial context and the performing arts. ??He has worked extensively in film direction, feature film Gallery stills shoots, fashion photography, advertising and portraiture. ??His photography is widely collected and seen as a reference point for the possibilities of what the human body can achieve in non-verbal expression. ??Greg's first book, danceshots, was published in 1993 and his second, the critically acclaimed tutu, was published in 1999."

"His [Barrett's] portraits of the Australian Ballet Company are striking and as sexy and hip as a fashion shoot. Tutu captures members of the company free from the formal constraints of performance in poses that are frequently outrageous. As stylised as fashion and as skillful as choreography, this is a visual treat."
The Times - London

"Born in Swan Hill, Victoria, Paul Mercurio grew up in Perth, Western Australia, with his mother and three siblings. He began dancing at the age of nine, inspired in part by watching musicals at Saturday matinee movie screenings. He attended John Curtin High School in Perth and his theatrical interests were nurtured there as a result of the school's performing arts curriculum.
Mercurio was a scholarship student with West Australian Ballet and choreographed his first work, Just Another Poor Boy, during that period. In 1981 he left Perth to study at the Australian Ballet School but left after a year. He began his professional dancing career with Sydney Dance Company, which he joined in 1982. With Sydney Dance he performed in many works choreographed by Graeme Murphy and was acclaimed in particular for his performances as Tadzio in After Venice and in the leading role of the Voyager in Some Rooms. While with Sydney Dance he choreographed several works for the company including Waiting and Dancing with I in 1989, Cafe in collaboration with Kim Walker, also in 1989, and In the Company of Wo/Men in collaboration with Murphy in 1990. In 1990 Mercurio took leave from Sydney Dance Company to take the leading role of Scott Hastings in the film Strictly Ballroom. On the completion of Strictly Ballroom he returned to Sydney Dance Company and choreographed Edgeing in 1992.
In July 1992 with the support of grants from the New South Wales Ministry of the Arts and private donations, Mercurio established his own company, Australian Choreographic Ensemble (ACE). At the same time he established Feel Good Films. For ACE Mercurio restaged several works he had choreographed for Sydney Dance Company, created new works and commissioned choreography from others. ACE disbanded in 1998."
http://trove.nla.gov.au/people/492912?c=people

We also bought a portrait of Graeme Murphy from the same series.

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  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Now I have the song "Love is in the Air" playing in my head...
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks both of you!
    The Red Shoes?
    Robert Helpmann was the Australian connection in that classic movie - he did the choreography and played Ivan Boleslawsky the lead dancer of the Ballet Lemontov. In those days you had to leave Australia to get involved in movies, although there was a smallish movie industry here. Bobby did well and retrned to an adoring public every once in a while. He was the epitome of 'camp' in the fifties!
    And John Paul Young, Amber? I played in a small time band here in Sydney and did backing for him once at a disco in Sydney in the early seventies. Well before the 1977 Vanda & Young hit.
    Thanks for the memories!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    And thanks too to scandinavian_pieces, rocker-sd and cindyjune for the luhvz!
  4. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    I knew you had a secret rocker past V!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Hi Amber!
    Mostly memories, but still have two guitars.
    I saw the Charles Mingus 75 concert on Montreux this morning on Sky Studio.
    It got me dancin' again!

    These guys could 'rock'!
    Charles Mingus: bass; Jack Walrath: trumpet; George Adams: tenor saxophone, flute, vocals; Don Pullen: piano; Dannie Richmond: drums; Gerry Mulligan: baritone saxophone on "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and "Take the 'A' Train;" Benny Bailey: trumpet on "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and "Take the 'A' Train."

    Dazzling!

    By the way: Kylie's in town and is doing the Mardi Gras concert tomorrow evening! If only I were .....
  6. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    My advise...get off your couch and head to the concert. You are only as old as you let yourself be...plus it sounds as if you miss it.
    Love ya V, hope you go. Remember you can always leave!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    I've just taken some photos but I think it's a bit late for it all to be done tonight.

    Keep well!
  8. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 2 years ago
    Great photograph! I hope you went to Kylie's concert! (and hope you did enjoy it!)
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks austrohungaro!
    Sorry Amber, I missed the concert. These days I am more of a Classical fan: Richard Tognetti and the Australian Concert Orchestra. It's more my pace. The Mardi Gras Party is sold out weeks ahead. It was a big night although wet. Instead I headed to bed and then went to the Collector's Fair the next morning. Priorities! Reality therapies!
  10. ozmarty ozmarty, 2 years ago
    absolutely fabulous!!
    The strenght to do and hold that pose! Reminds me of Bruce Lee or a Shaolin Monk.
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Thanks Marty!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks inky!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks crabbykins!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Many thanks for the loves TOM31675!
  15. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 months ago
    SO LOVE THIS !!!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 months ago
    Many thanks SARAHHOFF!

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