Revealed here in Chaillot in 2015, the Australian choreographer signs one her most accomplished pieces with Pile of Bones. A visual feast where dance becomes an act of survival.
An acclaimed performer over the last 15 years with the companies Lucy Guerin Inc. and Chunky Move, Stephanie Lake now develops work as a choreographer. With a series of remarkable creations (DUAL, Mix Tape and Double Blind), the Australian has imposed her identity with a precise gesture, all in sensations. Pile of Bones emphasises this approach with a major quartet. The play of hands, like waves of movement, is superb. The body, manipulated like that of a marionette, is troubling. The effects of forward/rewind slow-motion are almost cinematographic. Stephanie Lake looks to follow more emotional than linear logic on set. From ruptures to unisons, everything in this choreography is akin to a sensitive voyage that the quartet of solo artists considers as a crossing of emotions. A ritual served by dancers? Maybe a little. Stephanie Lake talks in her way in the belief in human beings, and their doubts.
In September 2018, Stephanie Lake has won the Outstanding Achievement in Choreography award for Pile of Bones, which is her second Australian Dance Award.
CHOREOGRAPHY Stephanie Lake
MUSIC Robin Fox
LIGHTS Matthew Adey
COSTUMES Harriet Oxley
WITH Marlo Benjamin, Samantha Hines, Harrison Ritchie-Jones, Jack Ziesing (ONGOING)
PRODUCTION STEPHANIE LAKE COMPANY
avec le soutien de l'Australia Council for the Arts