WORLD PREMIERE //// April 25 – May 6, 2018, Darebin Speakeasy /// Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy and Stephanie Lake Company in Association with CultureLink, Singapore

“Stephanie Lake Company’s new work Replica is apparently years in the making. It’s not at all surprising to read this: it’s evident in every moment of this remarkable hour-long piece.” Alison Croggon, Witness Performance

Replica is a dynamic new dance work by Stephanie Lake Company which brings together a creative team of leading Australian artists and an international cast including Christina Chan (Singapore) and Aymeric Bichon (France).

Two figures emerge from the darkness and enter a heart-pounding, visceral world of split-second timing and melting fluidity. They are intricately tangled.

Replica is about symbiosis and the types of symbiotic relationships found in nature – including human nature. Mutualistic symbiosis sees both organisms benefit from the relationship; parasitic symbiosis sees one creature benefit while the other suffers. There is friction, aggression, tenderness and complicity.

With whip-smart unison alongside wild, animalistic choreography, Replica is the non-narrative story of two people travelling a winding road together. In this study of similarity and difference, we witness the fascinating intersection of two people – two dancers who need each other to create the work but also rail against their intimate interdependence.

Replica features collaboration with an internationally regarded team of artists including Robin Fox (music), Bosco Shaw (lighting) and Paula Levis (costume).

Images: Pippa Samaya


“Replica is apparently years in the making. It’s not at all surprising to read this: it’s evident in every moment of this remarkable hour-long piece. When the dancers stand up in their final tableau, back in the same place they were in the beginning, I feel a smart of tears behind my eyes. I’m not quite sure why. Perhaps because this is what performance can do: reveal to us all the marvellous ways there are of being human.”  - Alison Croggon, Witness Performance (2018)

“Continually surprises.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Stephanie Glickman, Herald Sun (2018)


“From lightning-fast sequences to moments of improvisation, then back again, this is a fierce and white-knuckled performance…strong, bold and above all, a highly sophisticated dance work, the kind that you wish to see more of. It could not come more highly regarded nor recommended, this is the “duck’s nuts” of contemporary dance.” – Jessi Lewis, Melbourne Critique (2018)

“Brilliant and beautiful.” – Gracia Haby, Fjord Review (2018)

“Outstanding.” – Stage Whispers (2018)


Director and Choreographer:
Stephanie Lake
Performers and co-choreographers:
Christina Chan (Singapore) and Aymeric Bichon (France)
Robin Fox
Lighting Designer:
Bosco Shaw
Costume Designer:
Paula Levis
Michaela Coventry, Sage Arts (Australia)


50 minutes


World Premiere – April 25 – May 6, 2018, Darebin Speakeasy, Northcote Town Hall
The first development of Replica was co-commissioned by Christina Chan (Singapore) and Lucy Guerin Inc.
Showcase performance: 24-25 May 2013, Sides, Frontier Danceland, Singapore

The second stage development of the work occurred in Melbourne in December 2016 with support through Chunky Move’s Maximised program and a studio residency at Victorian College of the Arts with a grant from National Arts Council, Singapore


REPLICA has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, National Arts Council Singapore, Creative Victoria