Mercurio, Paul (1963-)

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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.

Throughout the 1990s Mercurio devoted himself increasingly to acting. Following the success of Strictly Ballroom, Mercurio went on to perform in a series of movies, including Exit to Eden (1994), Back of Beyond (1995), the cable movie Joseph (1995), Cosi (1996), Red Ribbon Blues (1996), Dark Planet (1996), the short film Spilt Milk, (1996) which he wrote, directed and choreographed, Welcome to Woop Woop (1997), The First 9 1/2 Weeks (1998), Sydney: A Story of a City (1999), Kick (1999) with fellow dancers Russell Page and Rebecca Yates, and the television movies The Finder (2001), and Code 11-14 (2003). Mercurio's acting roles during the 1990s have also included television dramas and stage productions, including the role of Roy Fields in the television series Medivac (1996-1997), and roles in the television docudrama Day of the Roses (1998), which saw him nominated for a best actor Logie award. He also toured with the theatrical show A Passionate Women (1999), starred in the shortened three week season of the Australian version of The Full Monty, which opened in Melbourne on 31 December 2003, and had guest roles in Blue Heelers (1994), Water Rats (1996), Murder Call (1997), and All Saints (1998). In 2004 Mercurio was involved with the television mini series Through my Eyes (2004), based on Lindy Chamberlain's autobiography of the same name. That year he also appeared on stage in The Full Monty. Mercurio was a judge on both the Australian and New Zealand versions of Dancing with the Stars until mid 2008. He teaches at Dance World Studios in Melbourne and is host of the television series Mercurio's Menu.

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  1. Mercurio's menu : Paul Mercurio's travel stories and recipes from the popular TV show
    Mercurio, Paul, 1963-
    [ Book : 2009 ]
    At 61 libraries
    Mercurio's menu : Paul Mercurio's travel stories and recipes from the popular TV show
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  2. Cooking with beer / Paul Mercurio
    Mercurio, Paul
    [ Book : 2011 ]
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  3. Paul Mercurio online
    Mercurio, Paul, 1963-
    [ Archived website : 2000 ]
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  4. Life's burning desire / a Fleur Films production in association with Feel Good Films ; director, Stephen Cummins ; producer, Martin Guinness ; concept by Paul Mercurio ; devised by Martin Guinness, Stephen Cummins ; produced with the assistance of SB...
    SBS-TV
    [ Video : 1992 ]
    At 8 libraries
    Life's burning desire / a Fleur Films production in association with Feel Good Films ; director, Stephen Cummins ; producer, Martin Guinness ; concept by Paul Mercurio ; devised by Martin Guinness, Stephen Cummins ; produced with the assistance of SBS Television
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  5. Paul Mercurio interviewed by Michelle Potter
    Mercurio, Paul, 1963-
    [ Sound : 1996 ]
    At National Library
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  6. Mercurio's menu
    Acorn Media
    [ Video : 2011-2012 ]
    At 14 libraries
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  7. Paul Mercurio contact
    Mercurio, Paul, 1963-
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1992 ]
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  8. The day of the roses
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  9. Strictly ballroom
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  10. Strictly ballroom [Ronin Films ; an M&A production ; from a screenplay by Baz Luhrmann and Andrew Bovell ; producer, Tristram Miall ; directed by Baz Luhrmann]
    Ronin Films
    [ Video : 1992-2012 ]
    Languages: English;French, [1 other]
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  1. Paul Mercurio online
    Mercurio, Paul, 1963-
    [ Archived website : 2000 ]
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  2. Life's burning desire / a Fleur Films production in association with Feel Good Films ; director, Stephen Cummins ; producer, Martin Guinness ; concept by Paul Mercurio ; devised by Martin Guinness, Stephen Cummins ; produced with the assistance of SB...
    SBS-TV
    [ Video : 1992 ]
    At 8 libraries
    Life's burning desire / a Fleur Films production in association with Feel Good Films ; director, Stephen Cummins ; producer, Martin Guinness ; concept by Paul Mercurio ; devised by Martin Guinness, Stephen Cummins ; produced with the assistance of SBS Television
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  3. [Biographical cuttings on Paul Mercurio, dancer and actor, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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  4. Paul Mercurio interviewed by Michelle Potter
    Mercurio, Paul, 1963-
    [ Sound : 1996 ]
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  5. Who do you think you are?
    Screen Australia
    [ Video : 2007-2012 ]
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  6. Paul Mercurio and members of the Sydney Dance Company in Some rooms, [2] Don McMurdo
    McMurdo, Don, 1930-2001
    [ Photograph : 1983 ]
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  7. Sydney Dance Company performance of After Venice with Garth Welch and Paul Mercurio / Don McMurdo
    McMurdo, Don, 1930-2001
    [ Photograph : 1976-1998 ]
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  8. Paul Mercurio, Danceshots, portraits in dance / Greg Barrett
    Barrett, Greg, 1943-
    [ Photograph : 1990-1993 ]
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  9. Paul Mercurio and members of the Sydney Dance Company in Some rooms, [1] Don McMurdo
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    [ Photograph : 1967-1998 ]
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  10. Introducing Paul Mercurio : the star of Strictly Ballroom
    Ronin Films
    [ Book : 1992 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  1. Boxes (1985 - )
    Boxes (1985 - )
    Created by NLAdance, 9 items.

    Chroeographed by Graeme Murphy for Sydney Dance Company, Boxes premiered on 5 November 1985. The cast was led by Kim Walker as Figure #1 Male, Janet Vernon as Figure #1 Female, and Paul Me...

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  2. After Venice (1984 - )
    After Venice (1984 - )
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    Graeme Murphy's After Venice, choreographed for his Sydney Dance Company, had its premiere at the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House on 1 December 1984. Designed by Kristian Fredrikso...

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  3. Daisy Bates (1982 - )
    Daisy Bates (1982 - )
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    Barry Moreland's Daisy Bates, choreographed for Sydney Dance Company to a commissioned score by Carl Vines, premiered at the Regent Theatre, Sydney, on November 4, 1982. Charles Blackman ...

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  1. Bain, Keith
    ... Ballroom starring Paul Mercurio, Tara Maurice and Bill Hunter. In 2010 ...
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  2. Sydney Dance Company
    ... include Graeme Watson, Paul Mercurio, Gideon Obarzanek, Stephen Baynes, Don ...
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  3. Karin, Janet (1938-)
    ... whom she offered commissions include Paul Mercurio, Robert Ray, Joseph Scoglio ...
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  1. Thinkpad travels with Mercurio
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Monday 8 August 1994 p 18 Article Illustrated
    ... Thinkpad travels with Mercurio By LINDA BRUCE OMPUTERS? I love fl them!" says Paul Mercu no ... ." Mercurio is currently in the Moroccan desert where he is playing lead role in the film Joseph. His Thinkpad ... 977 words
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  2. Mercurio plays an earthy Joseph
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Monday 17 April 1995 p 29 Article
    ... Mercurio plays an earthy Joseph By CHRISTY SLEWINSKI Australian actor Paul Morcurio is unconcerned ... a quick study. "I can't say it's an easy read," he said. Mercurio, a dancer turned actor, said he ... 307 words
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  3. STRICTLY SUCCESSFUL
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Thursday 10 September 1992 p 15 Article Illustrated
    ... -year old ballroom dancing champion, who draws the wrath Paul Mercurio of the Dance Federation when he uses ... STRICTLY SUCCESSFUL By REBECCA LANG THE SENSUAL looks of Paul Mcrcurio have been enough to push ... 925 words
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  1. Portrait of Garth Welch and Paul Me...
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    Paul Mercurio and members of the Sydney Dance Company in Some rooms, [2] Don McMurdo
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    Paul Mercurio and members of the Sydney Dance Company in Some rooms, [1] Don McMurdo
  6. Paul Keating, Russell Crowe and Pau...
    Ellis, Rennie, ...
    [ Photograph : 1992 ]
    Paul Keating, Russell Crowe and Paul Mercurio, Melbourne, 1992 / Rennie Ellis
  1. Learning to live with a free press. (The Media in Latin America) (The Freedom Forum)
    American Journalism Review
    [ Map, Photograph, Article : 1995 ]
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  2. The river of trade: through the heartland of America: how the NAFTA inspired the development of an international trade corridor. (North American Free Trade Agreement)(special advertising section)
    Stabler, Carol A
    Industry Week
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  1. Johnson, Sonia
    Sonia Johnson
    [ Unpublished : 1958 ]
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  2. Berry, Polomka, Riches & Gilbert Limited
    Berry, Polomka, Riches & Gilbert Limited
    [ Unpublished : 1926-1974 ]
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  1. Romeo and Juliet / William Shakespeare
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
    [ Book, Microform, Audio book : 1597-2014 ]
    Languages: English;Chinese;Japanese;Italian, [19 others]
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  2. Words from the heart : a selection from the personal letters of Saint Paul of the Cross / translated [from the Italian] and annotated by Edmund Burke ; [edited by] Roger Mercurio, Silvan Rouse
    Paul of the Cross Saint, 1694-1775
    [ Book : 1976 ]
    Languages: English;Italian, [1 other]
    At 2 libraries
    Words from the heart : a selection from the personal letters of Saint Paul of the Cross / translated [from the Italian] and annotated by Edmund Burke ; [edited by] Roger Mercurio, Silvan Rouse
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  3. Cooking with beer : 'If there's liquid in a recipe, it might as well be beer' / Paul Mercurio
    Mercurio, Paul
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    Cooking with beer : 'If there's liquid in a recipe, it might as well be beer' / Paul Mercurio
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  4. Words from the heart : selected from the writings of Saint Paul of the Cross / translated & annotated by Edmund Burke, Roger Mercurio & Silvan Rouse
    Paul of the Cross Saint, 1694-1775
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  2. Best of New Zealand on a plate
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  3. Line of duty
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  4. Video: Bridge Street:Paul Mercurio:10/25/13.(Video file)
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  1. Paul's mercurial magic. -Paul Mercurio-
    Sykes, Jill
    Dance Australia
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  3. New steps. -Interview with Paul Mercurio-
    Urban, Andrew L
    Australian Way
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  4. Beauty and the beast. -Gus and Paul Mercurio-
    Tarrant, Deborah
    Australian. Magazine
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  1. Website: Paul Mercurio online
    www.paulmercurio.net
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  2. Website: Australia dancing
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  3. Website: Australian brew news
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