“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

“Thrilling, frightening and entirely unforgettable. Every technical aspect is pitch perfect. Mind boggling.”   Tim Byrne, Time Out https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/dance/colossus-review
“Emotional and human.” Jordan Beth Vincent, The Age  

“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://witnessperformance.com/a-colossal-success/

“Feverish. Electric.” Theatre Press https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/theatrepress.com.au/2018/09/28/review-colossus/amp/

“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/amp/s/simonparrismaninchair.com/2018/09/28/colossus-review/amp/

“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://www.dancewriter.com.au/reviews/colossus-by-stephanie-lake-company-breathe-watch-wonder-feel/


“This is a dance of epic proportions. An incredible feat.” Jessi Lewis, Melbourne Critique

“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)

Program Note:

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


Stephanie Lake
Rowan Jobling (Intern), Lachlan Hall (Intern) and Nikki Tarling (Intern), Larissa Anthony, Rebecca Berry, Hannah Billingham, Tamara Bouman, Sarah Bourne, Eloise Brodie, Phaedra Brown, Grace Buchanan, Jazmyn Carter, Dominique Cowden, Molly Davies, Alexandra Dobson, Kayla Douglas, Nicholas Eva, Cheryl Friedrich, Annaleise Gaffney, Sophie Gould, Marni Green, Samuel Hammat, Tiffany Hislop, Surekha Krishnan, Thalia Livingstone, Gabrielle Loveridge, Jennifer Ma, Rachel Mackie, Kaitlin Malone, Kady Mansour, Sarah McCrorie, Nikky Muscat, Vanessa Northcott, Kyle Ramboyong, Hayley Roe, Aimee Schollum, Gabriel Sinclair, Lauren Stanley, Emily Sterry, Michaela Tancheff, Adrien Tucker, Georgia Tuckett , Sophia van Gent, Sophia Rose Walker, Olivia Yeo
Robin Fox
Costume Designer:
Harriet Oxley
Lighting Designer:
Bosco Shaw, Additive Lighting
Production Management:
Emily O’Brien, FILO
Michaela Coventry, Sage Arts
Assistant Producer:
Zela Papageorgiou

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.


50 Minutes