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The Crossing

Premiere 12 October, 1991
Venue St Kilda Rd & Victorian Arts Centre precinct, Melbourne


colourful float with red parasol wheels pushed by costumed performers across a city street

The Crossing
Flinders St, Melbourne
Company snapshot, 1991



THE CROSSING was commissioned by the Melbourne International Arts Festival, 1991 as part of its opening celebrations and for daily performance throughout the Festival.

It was devised for performance in the Festival's Opening Parade and in the city streets and parklands in St Kilda Road and the Victorian Arts Centre precinct.

The work was a street play, written and directed by David Baird. It was an apocryphal tale of the passage from Winter to Spring in which a strange caravan of characters wandered the face of the earth, on a quest to locate and cross the 'edge' of the seasons. Their purpose, to release the Sun from the evil grip of Winter.

THE CROSSING blended storytelling, music and dance and was performed with puppetry, actors and mask. It first appeared on the Festival opening night, and remained on the streets for the duration of the event.


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Creative team
Writer David Baird
Director David Baird
Design Ken Evans, Paul Newcombe, Ingrid Maganov, John Rogers
Composer David Baird
Musical arrangements Boris Conley
Performers
Winter Paul Judd
Heroic Spring David Adamson
Taleteller Winston Appleyard
Exotic Woman Annie Wylie
Exotic Creature Susan Blakey
Doctor Avril McQueen
Maiden Susan Bamford
Musikmeister Boris Conley
Production team
Realisation Ken Evans, Paul Newcombe, Ingrid Maganov, John Rogers
Cartwheel Construction Colin Orchard
Season
12 - 28 October 1991 St Kilda Rd & Victorian Arts Centre precinct, Melbourne
Total performances 30
Total audience 4500


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