“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, Toorak Times  

Pile Of Bones premiered at Melbourne’s Arts House in August 2017.  

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).

Photography: Bryony Jackson

 

 

Press:

“A starkly engaging and resplendent visual feast. Pile of Bones was riveting, visceral and transformative. Stephanie Lake has proven again why she is one of the most important voices in modern contemporary choreography.”

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-Andy O’Connor, Speaker TV

“Wildly imaginative. Dancers Samantha Hines, Marlo Benjamin, Harrison Richie-Jones and Jack Ziesing were all exceptional. The musical composition for this work…is absolutely intrinsic to the work and thrilling.”

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-Susan Bendall, Dance Australia

“Stunning audio-visual composition. Sometimes robotic, fluid, and alienesque; but definitely poetic.

A remarkable show.”

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-Emre Icdem, Dance Life

“A powerful opening sees its four dancers as one organism, emerging into narrow light like something ejected from primordial darkness. Robust and thoughtful dance.”

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-Real Time, John Bailey

“The performers were, to use a phrase uttered by an audience member, “mind blowing in their abilities””.

- 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.”

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-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.

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-Sarah W, The Plus Ones

 

Credits

Choreographer:
Stephanie Lake
Performers:
Samantha Hines, Jack Ziesing, Harrison Ritchie-Jones and Marlo Benjamin
Composer:
Robin Fox
Lighting Designer:
Matthew Adey
Costume Designer:
Harriet Oxley
Production Manager:
Glenn Dulihanty, FILO
Producer:
Freya Waterson

Duration

One Hour

Performances

World premiere: Arts House Melbourne

August 15 – 19, 2017

 

This project is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts House / City of Melbourne, Chunky Move Maximised and Lucy Guerin Inc Studio Residency