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Conan as a Ballet Dancer with Sydney Dance Company

Friday, 28 July 2006

Conan as a Ballet Dancer? With Sydney Dance Company? Really? A professional dancer?  Yes, here it is... the long awaited video clip proving this fantastic, but true, claim....


Sydney Dance Company Poster For Berlin 


Conan met Graeme Murphy, world reknown choreographer and director of Sydney Dance Company, late one night at the Coogee Bay Hotel (a popular beach side bar frequented by international backpackers).

From that initial meeting an idea was born and Graeme went on to design an entire modern dance performance from this chance encounter. 


Standing Ovations For Sydney Dance Company's "Berlin"

The ballet performance was called Berlin and it proved wildly successful. Six return seasons at the prestigious Sydney Opera House, located practically under Sydney Harbour Bridge - one of Australia's cultural icons.


Sydney Opera House / Sydney Harbour Bridge

The music in the ballet was performed live by Iva Davies and the band Icehouse with accompaniment by Max Lambert on piano. The album from this piece went platinum in Australia and Germany with a hit single in Australia was  followed by several top 40 entries from the album.


The Berlin Tapes CD Cover 

And I was a part of that - it was one of the best times of my life and it is one of the more unusual entries on my CV.

Watch Video: Berlin - Sydney Dance Company

In fact the audtion for the Man-Thing movie called for a 6' 8"+ athletic build with professional dance training (as the monster was to express emotion through movement). When I was told this I told my acting agent to tell them I would be in for my part. My agent looked at me and said what dance training do you have? I told her Q-bar 3am on Sunday morning and proceeded to give a demonstration. She was not impressed then I reminded her of working in the Ballet with Sydney Dance Company - now she was impressed - needless to say I got the role, but that is another Manthing  blog article

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