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Choreographed by Stephanie Lake

Stephanie Lake Company

European premiere

"MANIFESTO" is the new creation of Australian choreographer Stephanie Lake and her company. Stephanie Lake was already here in 2022 with her work "Colossus," which thrilled the Ruhrfestspiel audience. Now she presents her new show, which is celebrated by the Australian press as an 'explosive, ecstatic phenomenon.' "MANIFESTO" features nine dancers and nine drummers in a symbiosis of raw sound and wild dance.

Historically, mass drumming and dance often evoke connotations of military traditions in Western cultures. In the "Military Tattoo," for example, large drum ensembles march in strictly choreographed formations on parade grounds. "Manifesto" turns this tradition on its head: here the rigidity of a formation is dissolved in favor of a pulsating collective. The percussive soundscapes and beats of the drummers unleash the dancers' energy. The exuberance and power of the rhythm holds both groups in thrall. In "MANIFESTO," a solidary community develops through dance and music. Witness this celebration of optimism and the life's joys.
The production already toured Australia with great success and will have its European premiere at the Ruhrfestspiele.

"Pure genius." The Australian

"Unforgettable. By the end of this extraordinary performance one is left with a shared feeling of communal joyfulness and hope.” Canberra Critics’ Circle

Dancers: Rachel Coulson, Marni Green, Samantha Hines, Melissa Pham, Harrison Ritchie-Jones, Robert Tinning, Josie Weise, Kimball Wong, Jack Ziesing
Drummers: Robin Fox, Nat Grant, Alon Ilsar, Maria Moles, Tino Nguyen, Rama Parwata, Rohan Rebeiro, Alex Roper, Jen Tait

Choreographer: Stephanie Lake
Composer: Robin Fox
Lighting Designer: Bosco Shaw
Set Designer: Charles Davis
Costume Designer: Paula Levis
Lighting Design Assistant & Operator: Rachel Lee
Sound Engineer: James Wilkinson
Production Manager: Emily O'Brien
Producer: Beth Raywood Cross
Consultant Producer: Vivia Hickman
International Agent: Wolfgang Hoffman, Aurora Nova

Age rating: 8+

Language: without language

Photo: Roy VanDerVegt

"MANIFESTO" was co-commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, Perth Festival, RISING Melbourne and Sydney Festival through 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.
"MANIFESTO" has also been supported by Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts International Fund, City of Moreland, City of Melbourne, Creative Partnerships Australia Plus 1, Canny Quine Foundation and Humanity Foundation.

Duration: 1h 0m
no intermission