Stephanie Lake Company

Dance

Manifesto – A Tattoo to Optimism

Stephanie Lake Company is creating a new show titled ‘Manifesto’. An explosive ‘tattoo to optimism’, the show will feature nine dancers and nine drummers on nine drum-kits with huge, raw sound and ferocious dancing.

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“Utterly staggering in its scope and inventiveness. If you want a sense of just how gripping and affecting contemporary dance can be, this is unmissable.”
Time Out on Colossus, 2020 ★★★★★

Stephanie Lake Company is an acclaimed contemporary dance company based in Melbourne. Our shows tour Australia and the world and have been met with standing ovations, five-star reviews and full houses. Stephanie Lake is a multi-award-winning choreographer and Sidney Myer Foundation and Australia Council for the Arts Fellow.

‘Manifesto’ is our new ambitious creation. The show will feature nine dancers and nine drummers on nine drum-kits. An explosive ‘tattoo to optimism’ with huge, raw sound and ferocious dancing featuring a large, diverse cast.

Historically, mass drumming and dance have represented military might. ‘Manifesto’ flips the context and brings us a rallying cry to unity and solidarity. It is an ode to peace.

Despite our success and international profile, the company does not have any ongoing funding. We survive through philanthropy, project grants, performance and touring fees.

‘Manifesto’ has been in planning for over 12 months. The show brings together a superb cast and creative team. We believe this show will have a long life.

We were planning for the first rehearsals to begin in June this year. Sadly that is now on hold due to C-19 restrictions. Rehearsals with the full cast are now planned for late 2020. The show will be ready to premiere in 2021.

Our hope is that society emerges from this period of forced hibernation with a new-found appreciation for art & culture. We are certain that audiences will have a hunger for live performance and the magic of shared, collective experiences.

As soon as we are able, we want to be back in the rehearsal studio, dancing, creating and working hard to make this new show.

‘Manifesto’ will employ dozens of arts workers including nine of Australia’s most exceptional dancers. Dancers in this country are some the hardest working, undervalued professionals. The discipline, sweat and resilience required to forge a dance career are enormous. SLC gives dancers the opportunity to perform on the great stages of the country and world.

Donations to the company will go towards:

– Dancer wages for 8 weeks of rehearsal
– Artistic collaborator fees
– Production costs

***A $1000 donation helps pay a dancer’s wages for one full week of rehearsal

All donations, big or small are very gratefully received!

The result will be a new large-scale dance work shared with audiences across the country and hopefully the world.

THANK YOU.

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Stephanie Lake Company

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Stephanie Lake Company is a Melbourne based contemporary dance company that makes original, thought provoking performances driven by an intense physicality, intricate choreographic detail, engaging concepts and sharply realised design.

Stephanie Lake’s dance works have won the Helpmann, Australian Dance and Green Room Awards for Best Choreography and have been presented around Australia including Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival and Arts House and toured internationally to Paris, Denmark, Hong Kong, Glasgow, Dublin, Singapore and Germany.

Stephanie Lake has been commissioned to choreograph works for leading companies such as Sydney Dance Company, Chunky Move, Queensland Ballet, Dancenorth, Tasdance, Frontier (Singapore) and New Zealand Dance Company. Stephanie collaborates with across art-forms working in theatre, film and TV, visual art and music video. She is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.

“Stamped with her recognisable choreographic signature: moments of humour woven with the grotesque, work that is unapologetically driven by and constructed around the movement of the human body, and movement that is complex, virtuosic and rigorously articulated.”
Jordan Beth Vincent, The Age (on Double Blind)

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