“Intimacy and violence are tightly woven in this deeply affecting dance piece.” Arts Hub
Images: Pippa Samaya 

Double Blind

WORLD PREMIERE | SYDNEY FESTIVAL January 19 – 24, 2016 @ Carriageworks
MELBOURNE | Darebin Speakeasy @ Northcote Town Hall, February 15 – 20, 2016 
BRISBANE | Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) @ Brisbane Powerhouse, February 22, 2016

AWARDS NEWS: Nominated for FOUR Green Room Awards including Best Ensemble, Best Female Dancer (Amber Haines), Best Composition and Best Visual Design (Lighting). Winners announced March 27.

“What if internal conflict was made external?” Inspired in part by real-world experiments in the conflict between personal ethics and our obedience to those in a position of authority, Double Blind is brought to life four world-class Australian dancers who turn, vacillate and vibrate, and ultimately bend and break under authority. Double Blind features original composition from internationally acclaimed audio-visual artist Robin Fox, while Stephanie Lake, one of Australia’s most commanding choreographers, interrogates the perils of obedience with electricity, intricacy and grace, fuelled by an intriguing choreographic duality between highly detailed movement and anarchic spontaneity.”
Artist’s note from Stephanie Lake: Double Blind came from an interest in a conflict between personal ethics or sense of responsibility to society and our obedience to those in a position of authority. Inspired by real-world psychological experiments from the 1960s, Double Blind asks how far one can be pushed to act outside of one’s moral code when instructed. For me, Double Blind is its own universe – a universe of four – in which different combinations and configurations set a series of consequences in motion. These four are constantly at the whim of each other as well as some other unseen force. It’s as if they are subjects in one another’s experiment, as well as mine. At times funny, at others dark, Double Blind uses a rhythmically charged and precise choreographic language on the one hand and is recklessly spontaneous on the other. This beautiful brutality fuels the work.

Press:

“Stephanie Lake has danced with most of our best contemporary dance-makers and now, only five years or so into her choreographic career, she’s making a very strong bid to join them at the top table.

[The dancers] for whom no amount of praise could be too much, embody a rich, diverse dance language with virtuosity and keen intelligence.

At every moment there is something new to see. The exquisite interplay of arms and delicate fingers, for instance, draws intense focus in the manner of a film close-up, while powerfully athletic partnering makes the viewer pull back. Fascinating.”

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-Deborah Jones, The Australian

“Equal parts comic and disturbing.”

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-Elizabeth Ashley, Dance Informa

“Australian choreographer Stephanie Lake’s Double Blind is one of the most interesting and thought provoking works of this year’s Sydney Festival.”

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-Geraldine Higginson, Dance Australia

“Stephanie Lake demands of her dancers high speed, sharply articulated virtuosity…dark beauty and sheer skill.

Funny and frightening.”

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-Keith Gallasch, Realtime

“Stamped with her recognisable choreographic signature: moments of humour woven with the grotesque, work that is unapologetically driven by and constructed around the movement of the human body, and movement that is complex, virtuosic and rigorously articulated.”

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-Jordan Beth Vincent, The Age

“I found myself marvelling at Stephanie Lake’s ability to extend the reach of her choreography into the audience, the offers of her performers and designers landing in a very real way in our bodies.

Intimacy and violence are tightly woven in this deeply affecting dance piece.”

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-Georgia Symons, Arts Hub

“The work is tight, the references many, and the effect: devastating.”

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-Gracia Haby, Fjord Review

“A highly memorable work that will leave a lasting impression.”

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-Weekend Review

Credits

Choreographer:
Stephanie Lake
Performers/Collaborators:
Alisdair Macindoe, Amber Haines, Kyle Page and Alana Everett
Composer/Collaborator:
Robin Fox
Lighting Designer:
Ben Shaw
Costume Designer:
Harriet Oxley
Executive Producer:
Freya Waterson
Production Manager:
Glenn Dulihanty, FILO

Duration

60 minutes

Performances

World Premiere: SYDNEY FESTIVAL January 19 – 24 2016, Carriageworks MELBOURNE: Darebin Speakeasy @ Northcote Town Hall, February 15 – 20, 2016 | Book here BRISBANE: Showcase performance at APAM – Australian Performing Arts Market, Brisbane Powerhouse, February 22, 2016 Available for national and international touring 2016 / 2017
This project is supported by the Australia Council of the Arts, Creative Victoria, Sydney Festival, Darebin Speakeasy, Besen Foundation, Lucy Guerin Inc, Chunky Move Maximised, Transit Dance and the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship