“The bodies contort and spasm in extraordinary, beautiful and grotesque formulations” Time Out

Dream Lucid: part of ‘Contemporary Women’ for Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Opera House & Sydney Dance Company
Choreographers Emily Amisano, Stephanie Lake, Larissa McGowan and Lisa Wilson

The world premiere creations of four gifted female choreographers from around Australia had their debut at Sydney Opera House’s Spring Dance Festival. A stripped back stage frames the sheer talent of the women and Sydney Dance Company dancers. Marked by their individual style the four’s collective experience has seen them work with such prestigious companies as Sydney Dance Company, Expressions, Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin and Australian Dance Theatre.
Dream Lucid by Melbournian Stephanie Lake uses form, colour and magnetism to explore the flux between chaos and control. Starring the incredible Sydney Dance Company.

Photos: Peter Grieg and Jessica Bialek




Breathtakingly beautiful visual, as much as performance art. Lake has conjured waves, butterflies, heartbeats, gorillas, outside control, unbridled autonomy.

- Crikey

Dream Lucid is bracingly mysterious, confidently constructed and forcefully danced.

- Real Time Arts

Lake creates a frenzied and jagged picture of a lone figure desperately struggling to be or create something unique. The bodies contort and spasm in extraordinary, beautiful and grotesque formulations with a ferocity not often seen on Sydney stages.

- TimeOut



Stephanie Lake
Chen Wen, Andrew Crawford, Alana Sargent, Jesse Scales, Todd Sutherland, Jessica Thompson, Charmene Yap
Robin Fox
Lighting Designer:
Ben Cisterne


25 minutes


20 August – 2 September 2012
Contemporary Women was presented as part of Sydney Opera House’s Spring Dance Festival, curated by Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela.


This project was co-commissioned by Sydney Opera House and Sydney Dance Company