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The Australian Choreographic Ensemble (ACE) (1992 - 1998) was an Australian contemporary dance company based in Sydney formed by Paul Mercurio in 1992. The company's founding dancers were Mercurio, Jan Pinkerton, David Prudham, Brett Daffy, Katherine Arnold-Lindley and Paulina Quinteros. Other dancers included Sean Dwyer, Sharon Dalla-Costa and Benedict Leslie.

The company toured to large cities and small regional centres Australia (excluding Western Australia), performing in a range of venues including outdoor.


Dance works

Dance works performed include:

  • Contact (1992) choreographed by Mercurio
  • Waiting (1993) choreographed by Mercurio
  • Dancing with I (1993) choreographed by Mercurio
  • Imprint a work for 10 dancers (1993) a collaboration between Mercurio, Jan Pinkerton, Carolyn Hammer and Stephen Page
  • In-side-out (1994) comprising two works, Norman's Siren choreographed by Jan Pinkerton and A Place to Rest Your Head choreographed by Carolyn Hammer.


The company was associated with two films:

  • Life's Burning Desire (1992) documented the establishment of ACE and the creation of Contact as well as Mercurio's diverse theatrical career, including his work with Sydney Dance Company, was documented.[1]
  • Envy (1992) a short film, choreographed by Mercurio and one of the ABC-TV project, Seven Deadly Sins.


  1. ^ Life's Burning Desire at IMDb

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