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In this first of two major collaborations with composer and performer Iva Davies and the band Icehouse, Graeme Murphy produced a phenomenally successful dance / theatre / rock music extravaganza which quickly filled the Opera Theatre to capacity during November 1985. Lines of excited fans queued dutifully across the Sydney Opera House box office foyer and down the stairs. This production did not disappoint with stunning designs, inspired lighting and compelling performances by Sydney Dance Company. The score was performed live on stage by Iva Davies, Bob Kretschmer, and guest percussionist Masaki Tanazawa.
At the time, the Sydney Opera House stage featured an enormous hydraulic powered ‘revolve’, a giant Lazy Susan that could raise, lower and rotate the stage. 'Boxes' set designer Laurence Eastwood utilised this to breathtaking effect. Due to the unique nature of the production and design, 'Boxes' would never be performed in any other theatre.
“Boxes reflects on a world where physical and emotional barriers are erected knowingly, and all too often unknowingly; a world where we strive to measure and analyse everything in our physical universe. It is a view through a window into a new environment – a world of change.” Graeme Murphy, 1985