Stephanie Lake’s dance sensation ‘Manifesto’ returns to Melbourne

Stephanie Lake's 'Manifesto'. Photo by Roy Van Der Vegt.
Stephanie Lake's 'Manifesto'. Photo by Roy Van Der Vegt.

Stephanie Lake’s explosive Manifesto is coming to Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from 25 – 28 October much to the delight of Melbourne audiences who may missed out on the hottest ticket in town back in 2022.

“I am beyond thrilled that we have the chance to bring Manifesto back to our home city and onto the beautiful Playhouse stage. After an incredible national tour, and on the back of our first international season, we can’t wait to blast the roof off with Melbourne audiences once again,” said Lake.

Following roaring standing ovations and stellar reviews, Manifesto sees nine dancers and nine drummers on nine drum-kits in front of a towering watermelon-pink velvet curtain. The frenzy of exhilarating movement and rhythm coalesce to create a vortex of irresistible human energy.

Composed by sought-after iconoclast Robin Fox (of 2020’s Single Origin fame), it all begins with a loud bang as the flurry of movement builds with each rhythmic tempo change. Over the hour, audiences will be captivated by bodies twitching, gliding and ricocheting across the stage in and out of solos, duos, trios, quartets and collective moments.

Together, the drummers and dancers work in harmony as the raw, unamplified sound wraps around the audience with overwhelming power. And, as the rhythms become more complex, so do the movements. Even in the silent moments, you can hear the beating of the drum through the athleticism and endurance of the dancers.

The constant back and forth between drummers and dancers conducting each other through movement shows the perfect synergy between all artistic forms. Think Busby Berkeley opulence meets pounding percussion in a rallying cry for solidarity.

Having just completed their first international tour to Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen festival in Germany, the life of Manifesto knows no borders with tours coming up in Europe, the UK, New Zealand, North America and Asia. Early bird tickets are on sale now for a limited time only or until sold out.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, commissioned by RISING, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, Perth Festival and Sydney Festival.

Manifesto has been supported by Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Moreland, City of Melbourne and Creative Partnerships Australia though Plus 1. Manifesto has also been assisted through the generous support of the Canny Quine Foundation, Humanity Foundation, Chloe Munro Fellowship and many generous individual donors.

Arts Centre Melbourne will present Stephanie Lake’s Manifesto from 25 – 28 October. For tickets and more information, click here.

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