“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


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


One Hour


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