Danse Danse presents

Stephanie Lake Company – Colossus

A stage teeming with 60 bodies. Stephanie Lake, a leading figure in Australian dance, explores the joy and excitement of the collective experience in an extraordinary event. Breathtaking!

How do we share space? How do we cooperate? Is a crowd more than the sum of its parts? These are some of the questions addressed in Colossus, a monumental work by choreographer Stephanie Lake, created in Montreal with a local cast. This unifying piece transforms itself according to the cities it visits, from Paris to Sydney, in a spirit of sharing and exchange.

They emerge from the darkness, a dizzying mass of bodies moving in complex unison and wild individuality. Bursting with life, they embody the cohesive force of the group and echo the exquisite patterning found in the natural world—the dance of schools of fish or flights of starlings. A single movement triggers a chain reaction that shifts the ensemble from chaos to order; as if by magic, the current is transmitted from one body to another. Colossus transports us elsewhere for the duration of an utterly spellbinding evening.

Stephanie Lake is a multi award-winning choreographer, dancer and director of Stephanie Lake Company. Her acclaimed works, including Colossus, Pile of Bones, Skeleton Tree, DUAL, If Never Was Now and Aorta, have toured to France, Belgium, Ireland, Hong Kong, Denmark, Scotland, Luxembourg, Singapore and New Zealand as well as across Australia. Stephanie has created works for Sydney Dance Company, Chunky Move, New Zealand Dance Company, Queensland Ballet, Frontier Danceland (Singapore), Tasdance, Dancenorth, Expressions and Beijing Dance/LDTX. She is the current recipient of the Australia Council Fellowship for Dance and previously the prestigious Sidney Myer and Dame Peggy Van Praagh Fellowships. She was the inaugural Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Victorian College of the Arts. Her performance career spans 20 years, working closely with Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc as well as Antony Hamilton & Byron Perry and Ballet Lab. Stephanie collaborates across theatre, film, music video and visual art and has directed several large-scale works for over 1000 participants. Her works have won Helpmann, Green Room and Australian Dance Awards for Best Choreography.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 8:00pm → Post-performance talk with the artists
Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 8:00pm
Friday, March 10, 2023 at 8:00pm → Post-performance talk with the artists
Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 8:00pm

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