Stephanie Lake Company


Skeleton Tree

Skeleton Tree is the anticipated new Stephanie Lake Company work which will premiere in Melbourne in early 2019.

A powerful and poignant new dance work about the ecstasy of grief.

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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.

For more information about Skelton Tree or any of Stephanie Lake Company’s projects please visit the website:

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!


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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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