Colossus at Melbourne Fringe Festival
Described by choreographer Stephanie Lake as a metaphor for the idiosyncratic natural world, Colossus is a dance work enacted on a truly robust scale. Fifty dancers come together for the piece, which was developed through the Take Over! partnership between Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe.
That partnership helped Lake to realise her long-held ambition of working on a large scale. Making its world premiere at the Fringe, the hour-long piece includes dance students and emerging dance artists from across Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and Transit Dance.
Beyond the spectacle of 50 bodies moving together, Colossus balances abstract pieces with individual detail and rhythmic layering, something Lake says holds a mirror up to how we organise ourselves in society.
Lake is a VCA graduate who has performed for Chunky Move and BalletLab and now directs the Stephanie Lake Company. With music composed by lighting and soundtrack designer Robin Fox, Colossus is appointment viewing at the Fringe.
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