The symbiosis between dancing and drumming is so elemental to human ritual and art that it’s impossible to know which evolved first. Stephanie Lake, perhaps the most exciting choreographic talent to emerge in Australian dance in the last decade, likes to think big: her Colossus at the 2019 Melbourne Festival was a sustained hour of intricate contrapuntal movement by no less than 50 dancers. Her latest work, Manifesto, has a pitch as irresistible as it is ambitious: nine dancers, nine drum kits.
A monumental talent…Lake’s work harnesses the kinetic energy of her extraordinary dancers to enduring effect.
Each drummer/dancer work as a single unit, starting small but accumulating intensity, and as the rhythms become more complex, so do the movements; blurs of frenzy alternate with thrilling unisons as the raw, unamplified sound wraps around you with overwhelming power.
Composed by sought-after iconoclast Robin Fox (of 2020’s Single Origin fame) for top local and interstate percussionists (including Nat Grant, Robbie Avenaim, Alex Roper and celebrated doom metal exponent Rama Parwata) Lake’s amazing company are joined by a superb team of designers for this decidedly unmilitary tattoo. Plunge into an exhilarating vortex of pure human energy.
Thanks to Stephanie Lake, the next generation of the contemporary Australian scene is assured.
Journal La Terasse
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Dancers Rachel Coulson Marni Green Samantha Hines Melissa Pham Harrison Ritchie-Jones Robert Tinning Josie Weise Kimball Wong Jack Ziesing
Drummers Nat Grant Robbie Avenaim Rama Parwata Alex Roper Alon Ilsar Maria Moles Tina Nguyen Rohan Rebeiro Jen Tait
Creatives Choreographer Stephanie Lake Composer Robin Fox Lighting Designer Bosco Shaw Set Designer Charles Davis Costume Designer Paula Levis
Assistant Lighting Rachel Lee Sound Engineer James Wilkinson
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, Perth Festival, Rising, Sydney Festival and Auckland Arts Festival.