“A thrilling, visceral dance, which may trouble your dream state for a while.” Exeunt Magazine, Glasgow
World Premiere | Dance Massive, Arts House, March 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Touring | Dublin Dance Festival, May 2013; Tramway, Glasgow, June 2014; Bora Bora – Aarhus, Denmark, September 2014; Theatre Chaillot, Paris, June 2015; Theater im Pfalzbau, Germany, 2015; Hong Kong Arts Festival, March 2017

Featuring Helpmann Award winning dancers Alisdair Macindoe and Sara Black and a score by renowned audio-visual artist Robin Fox, DUAL is a choreographic puzzle that fuses jagged yet slippery pieces. Two solos are performed one after the other. They are seemingly unrelated worlds- contrasting and idiosyncratic. Each solo has a strange sense of absence but also holds it’s own abstract logic. But in a third act the two solos interlock forming a duet that sees all elements – their musical scores, their atmospheres – combine.

The solos merge and new meanings emerge. A chemical reaction occurs and we find ourselves in a new psychological space revealing that what appeared separate does, in fact, belong together.

In this fugue-like tale of synthesis, DUAL asks questions about individuality and what is sacrificed as well as heightened by a union.

DUAL is a physical manifestation of the idea that something is “greater than the sum of its parts” demonstrating that 1 + 1 doesn’t necessarily equal 2. My hope has been to create a work that transcends simple structure to say something about what it means when we intertwine with another person. Perhaps it could be read as seeing one side of the story and then the other…. and then the truth.

Photos: Byron Perry



Helpmann Awards: 2013 WINNER, Outstanding Male Dancer – Alisdair Macindoe
Helpmann Awards: 2013 Nominee, Best Choreography – Stephanie Lake
Green Room Awards: 2013 Nominee, Best Choreography, Best Composition, Best Female Dancer and Best Male Dancer – Stephanie Lake, Robin Fox, Sara Black and Alisdair Macindoe
Australian Dance Awards: 2013 Nominee (long list), Best Male Dancer – Alisdair Macindoe



“Without a word, DUAL depicts the passage of a morbid individuality. Stirring…intense.”

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-Christophe Candoni, Toute La Culture

“Hypnotic! Choreography of astonishing fluency.”

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-Olivier Fregaville-Gratian d’Amore, L’Oeil d’Olivier

“DUAL is an intensely satisfying experience.”

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-Ian Abbott, Writing About Dance

“…a chaotic mating ritual. Their bodies as one were seamless.”
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-Entertainment.ie Dublin

“A riveting physical and aural exploration of affinity and difference…yielding an immersive poetry of reaction and instability witnessed at close quarters….

Lake’s choreography and the dancers’ execution of it is bracing with its wealth of quickfire detail and powerful recurrent images—evanescent while articulately shaped, adding greatly to Dual’s pervasive sense of lone vulnerability and fragile, raw mutuality. This collaboration between Stephanie Lake and Robin Fox has yielded a memorable, visceral work, at once strange and familiar and brilliantly performed.”
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-Keith Gallasch, Realtime Arts

“Each solo is hypnotic… Macindoe’s is mechanical, lyrical and almost offensively accomplished; Black’s conveys a casual power, even anger, that alternates with liquidity and is equally depressing to mere mortals in its magnificent execution…

The piece’s most beautiful lasting message is inherent in its structure: that in many ways, a relationship is made out of two individuals doing together what they might otherwise have done alone, and that many human actions only make sense in the presence of another…it’s hard to imagine a more evocative, powerful, intricate and endlessly fascinating result.”
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-Arts Hub

“A thrilling, visceral dance, which may trouble your dream state for a while.

The duo act like puppet masters, mirroring and animating each other… There is a brutality here, and the sense that were you to reach into the guts of either dancer, tangled wires and circuit boards would spill out. Yet Black clings tenderly to Macindoe, as though they are the first (or last) people in a desolate planet, dependent on each other. The whole effect is hypnotic and disconcerting, and it is almost impossible not to shift uncomfortably or even jump in your seat.”
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-Exeunt Magazine, Glasgow



Stephanie Lake
Sara Black and Alisdair Macindoe
Composer & Lighting Designer:
Robin Fox
Costume Designer:
Stephanie Lake
Production Manager:
Chris Mercer
Freya Waterson, Insite Arts


45 minutes


World premiere:

Dance Massive, Melbourne

March 12 – 16, 2013, Arts House

Touring to date:

Ireland: Dublin Dance Festival

May 24 – 26, 2013


Scotland: Tramway, Glasgow (HOT: New Dance and Performance from Australia)

June 15, 2014


Denmark: Aarhus Festival, Bora Bora, Denmark

September 3 – 4 2014


France: Theatre Chaillot, Paris

June 3 – 6 2015


Germany: Theater im Pfalzbau, Germany

November 3 – 4 2015


Hong Kong: Hong Kong Arts Festival

March 2017


This project was supported by Arts Victoria, City of Melbourne, Lucy Guerin Inc and Chunky Move