“Urgent and brilliantly unpredictable.” Limelight Magazine
Premiere | Dancenorth, Townsville, Australia, June 9, 2016

Touring | Mackay Entertainment Centre; Prosperine; Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane; The Substation, Melbourne; Salamanca Moves, Hobart

Awards | Dancenorth’s If_Was_ has been nominated for Best Ensemble by the Green Room Awards! Winners announced March 27th.

Commissioned by Dancenorth, a contemporary dance company based in Townsvillle, Far North Queensland, If_Was_ is a unique double bill with acclaimed New Zealand choreorapher Ross McCormack. The company set the challenge for each choreographer to select sound from one score, create costumes from one pattern, utilise lighting from one design and work to a set duration.  It is within these parameters that If _ Was _ comes to life as the choreographers fill in the blanks.  

Stephanie Lake’s work If Never Was Now is a surreal hive of buzzing activity reflecting the beauty and brutality of the natural world.

From marching automatons to hybrid creatures, this work and the dancers within it are continually transmuting and being affected by their rapidly changing conditions. It’s about survival, symbiosis and growth. The dancers incubate a strange world with a desperate forward momentum.

Photos: Amber Haines




Stephanie Lake never ceases to amaze in her skill as an interpreter of performance art and all the dancers worked as a cohesive unit.

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-Melbourne Observer

“Thrilling and imaginative and indeed, bold. It pushed the limits of contemporary dance and demonstrated novel choreography by some of the world’s acclaimed artists. ” Absolute Theatre

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“It’s eccentric and whimsical, with a playful, riotous edge. Lake makes some truly brilliant discoveries here, most notably the use of polystyrene beads that flow and jostle around the dancers. Every sweeping curve and lunge is followed by an echo of eddies and vortices that turn the space into a constantly dynamic canvas.”
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-Maxim, Boon, Limelight Magazine

“Visually compelling…raw athleticism.

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Stephanie Lake
Jenni Large, Ashley McLennan, Harrison Hall, Georgia Rudd, Mason Kelly
Robin Fox
Lighting Designer:
Ben “Bosco” Shaw
Costume Designer:
Andrew Treloar
Deanna Smart, Dancenorth


25 minutes


World premiere: Dancenorth, Townsville
Touring to date:
Touring | Mackay Entertainment Centre; Prosperine; Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane; The Substation, Melbourne
Salamanca Moves Dance Festival, Hobart

This project was supported by Arts Queensland, Australia Council for the Arts, Dancenorth, Substation, Judith Wright Centre