“There are moments of sheer heart-stopping beauty” ABC Arts
World Premiere | Melbourne Festival, Arts House, October 2013, Melbourne Australia

Touring | Tramway, Glasgow, June 20 – 21 2014

Winner of the Helpmann Award for Best Choreography in a Dance and Physical Theatre Work 2014 and nominated for the Green Room Award for Best Visual Production, A Small Prometheus was co-created by Stephanie Lake and audio-visual artist Robin Fox.

It all started with a struck match and ruminations on the vast consequences that can come from small actions. This work is not a telling of the Promethean myth, but rather an exploration of the physicality of heat; how does it move, what does it sound like, what are its implications?

A Small Prometheus is also about unpredictability and the boiling points that tip one state into another – from cooperative to menacing, chaotic to ordered, individualistic to unified. The work teeters between recklessness and structure.

From convection driven sound sculptures through intricate and forceful choreography to the sound of heat dissipating in different situations, this work examines the moment when a stable system becomes unstable. Flame, steam, smoke and burning drive the action with a shifting tension between mechanical precision and anarchic wildness.

A Small Prometheus looks at the coexisting darkness and light in human nature and the spark that mediates the two.

Robin Fox’s soundtrack is available on limited edition vinyl and for download through Editions Mego. “With it’s combination of vast caverns, spiraling counterflows and microscopic investigations Fox has opened up a new world of sound.”

Photos: Jeff Busby


Helpmann Awards: 2014 WINNER
Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work Stephanie Lake

Green Room Awards: 2013 Nominee
Best Visual Design Robin Fox and Jen Hector


“Consistently impressive and highly involving. Her dancers for this work were wonderful…the collaboration with Robin Fox worked perfectly.”
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-Susan Bendall, Dance Australia

“Should not be missed.”
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-Myron My, Theatre Press

“Theatrically ingenious; Lake knows how to direct the watching eye and how to keep the entire stage alive.

…fluidity is contrasted with rigidity, power with impotence, aggression with gentleness, human precision with the natural forces of gravity or flame.

There are moments of sheer heart-stopping beauty…totally absorbing.”

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-Alison Croggan, ABC Arts

“FOUR dancers are sitting on the floor in the dark. One strikes a match, then the second, third and fourth.

A rhythm gets going: the sharp scratch of match heads, the whispered whoosh of ignition, each dancer’s face briefly illuminated with the flare of each little Redhead…”

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-Matthew Westwood, The Australian



Created by:
Stephanie Lake and Robin Fox
Stephanie Lake
Composer and Sculpture Designer:
Robin Fox
Alana Everett, Lauren Langlois, Rennie McDougall, Lily Paskas and Lee Serle
Lighting Designer:
Jen Hector
Costume Designer:
Harriet Oxley
Sculpture Maker:
Tom Burless
Production Management:
Richard Dinnen, Megafun
Freya Waterson, Insite Arts


60 minutes


Presented by Arts House, Melbourne Festival, Stephanie Lake and Robin Fox

World Premiere: Melbourne Festival, Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, October 15 – 20, 2013

Touring: Tramway, Glasgow (HOT: Australian Dance and Performance), June 20 – 21 2014


A Small Prometheus has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Melbourne Festival, Lucy Guerin Inc, Chunky Move, The Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship and City of Melbourne through Arts House.