#32: Kim Walker on Music at Sydney Dance Company


27 September 2019

Kim Walker was a Principal Artist with Sydney Dance Company from 1980 to 1990, where he danced in some of the Company’s most celebrated works, as well as creating his own.

“Music has always been a huge part of my life and continues to be: I can’t function without it,” he says. “The thing that really sticks out about my time at Sydney Dance Company is the musical education I received. From the age of 18 I was exposed to all the incredible composers and musicians Graeme Murphy brought in. People like Carl Vine, Graeme Koehne and Michael Askill would go on to become some of the most significant composers in Australia, but back then they were just up and comers. If you put on ABC Radio, sometime throughout the day you’re guaranteed to hear a piece that was composed for Sydney Dance Company.”

Walker recalls, “I loved the physicality of it and telling a story in music and songs. Black & Blue was such a vibrant and extraordinarily beautiful work.” Kim Walker worked on several performances with Louis Falco’s Black and Blue in 1984 among his favourites. Louis had created the work for his own company in New York set to the songs of Harry Nilsson. The work was such a hit that it was later performed on tour in New York, Athens and in theatres across Italy.

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