“Thrilling, frightening and entirely unforgettable. A monumental talent.” - Tim Byrne, Time Out
Arts Centre Melbourne in association with Melbourne Fringe presents
By Stephanie Lake Company
26 – 30 September 2018 | Fairfax Studio
“When I walked out of Colossus, my blood was singing with sheer exhilaration. It’s rare to see a work of this scale, with 50 disciplined bodies on one stage, and rarer still to see new work of such epic ambition fully realised. Stephanie Lake’s latest dance, her largest to date, is a triumph.” Alison Croggon, Witness Performance (2018) https://
“Feverish. Electric.” Theatre Press https://www.google.com.au/
“Mesmerizing new work from a visionary choreographer. Lovers of modern dance are sure to be thrilled.” Man in a Chair https://www.google.com.au/
“With its surging and ebbing bodies and driving rhythms, Colossus takes Stephanie Lake’s work into fresh and thrilling territory. With its cast of 50, this new work is dance amplified. Dazzling and dizzying… That Stephanie Lake is one of our best and freshest choreographers is without doubt. Her work is always provocative and involving and acts to forge new relationships between viewer and dancer. Whether she is working with a pair of dancers, a handful, or with this cast of thousands, Lake knows how to craft movement that is inventive and accessible. Astonishingly, she keeps doing it without recurrent funding.” – Susan Bendall, Dance Australia
“Outstanding. Time passes in the blink of an eye.” Dance Writer http://
“In just under an hour, we have been taken to another world and experienced something that is wildly mesmerising. When the performance comes to an end, there is stillness and a silence as if we’re not exactly sure what we have just witnessed…before a standing ovation.” – Dance Informa (2018)
See the stage flooded with bodies in this monumental new dance work created with fifty dancers who will take over the Fairfax Studio stage and beyond.
Out of the darkness, the theatre gradually fills with a living, breathing, joyous mass of dancing bodies, moving in complex unison and wild individuality. They jostle and coexist in perfect imperfection, illustrating the push and pull of humanity and the exquisite patterning found in the natural world. Exploring the beauty and ugliness of the collective experience, Colossus builds and re-builds towards a united, frenetic and formidable utopia. Working with a cast of fifty young and emerging dance artists and a team of Australia’s leading collaborators, Colossus is the latest project developed as part of the Take Over! program.
Photos: Mark Gambino
Colossus was a partnership project between the Victorian College of the Arts, Transit Dance (Tr.IPP), Stephanie Lake Company, Melbourne Fringe Festival and Arts Centre Melbourne.