In Skeleton Tree, Stephanie Lake draws inspiration from the punch and poeticism of funeral songs and dances for the dead, to create a powerful new work about the primary human experience that language constantly fails to articulate: the ecstasy of grief. With her signature virtuosic movement, Skeleton Tree is an exhilarating union of dance, music and theatre.
Initially inspired by the extraordinary Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 2016 album Skeleton Tree, the idea has evolved to look at creating a ‘funeral playlist’ as the soundtrack to the work using an eclectic selection of chants, songs, and music from every genre – from classical to heavy metal to folk to gospel – to drive the choreography.
Featuring three exceptional dancers and a brilliant creative team, the show will be premiering in March 2019 at Malthouse Theatre.
We are raising funds towards our seven-week rehearsal period and production.
We are asking for donors to contribute towards the artists’ wages and production costs including set, costume, lighting, rehearsal space and music licensing.
Skeleton Tree is the next major work for Stephanie Lake Company. Our shows are highly anticipated and acclaimed. The most recent work Colossus featuring 50 dancers on the Fairfax stage, earned standing ovations and 5-star reviews for its premiere season at Arts Centre Melbourne.
We are a highly successful company but as yet, we don’t have recurrent funding.
Any donation, big or small, would be very gratefully received!
Please help us to keep making great art and employing dancers and artists of the highest calibre.
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We can’t wait to present Skeleton Tree and thanks in advance for your contribution to the creation of this show. We couldn’t do it without you!