“A contemporary-era tour de force on ritualism and humanity, with a hypnotic electronic soundtrack and elemental set and costume design, this work will have you pondering the codes of human life long after and is a captivating 60 minutes.” The Plus Ones
“Pile of Bones is electric, white hot and of universal appeal. Incredible.” Four and a half stars, Melbourne Critique
AUSTRALIAN DANCE AWARDS 2018 Nomination – Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Stephanie Lake
GREEN ROOM AWARDS Nominations – Best Female Dancer (Samantha Hines for Year’s Work), Best Male Dancer (Jack Ziesing), Best Male Dancer (Harrison Ritchie-Jones)
Pile of Bones examines nurture, love, suppression and mutation, the uprising of inner demons and angels and their influence over our actions. From the quietest origins, the work gradually amplifies and intensifies towards a pulsing, rapturous end.
From crystal cut precision to wildness, Pile of Bones is a visceral exploration of the intricacies of our closest relationships. Bodies are encrusted with fluttering armour and caught in sticky webs.
In this new work, Lake’s trademark gutsy physicality and kooky poetics are teamed once again with an original composition by renowned artist Robin Fox and design team Harriet Oxley (costume) and Matthew Adey (lighting).
Pile Of Bones premiered at Melbourne’s Arts House in August 2017. Pile of Bones will have its European premiere at Theatre Chaillot, Paris, May 2019
Photography: Bryony Jackson
-Andy O’Connor, Speaker TV
-Susan Bendall, Dance Australia
A remarkable show.”
-Emre Icdem, Dance Life
-Real Time, John Bailey
- Pop Culture-Y
“Pile of Bones, is electric, white hot and of universal appeal. It presents the perfect example of dance and its form, in the here and now. Thought provoking, and highly recommended.”
-Jessi Lewis, Toorak Times
“A contemporary-era tour de force on ritualism and humanity, with a hypnotic electronic soundtrack and elemental set and costume design, this work will have you pondering the codes of human life long after and is a captivating 60 minutes.
It’s a beautiful ode to both the animus that lives inside our body-as-machine, and the poetry of relationships- ours to our body parts, and bodies to each other. Marlo Benjamin’s sculptural dressing, where, as an emblematic warrior, she is colourfully adorned by the dancers with Post It Notes as a type of reptilian armour…is a stunning image you won’t want to miss.”
-Sarah W, The Plus Ones
August 15 – 19, 2017
May 26 – 29, 2019