Lake & Lane | 2 Premieres at Arts House

‘Pile of Bones’ by Stephanie Lake. Photo by Jeff Busby

Dance the night away with your inner demons and angels this August

Pile of Bones & Nightdance | Stephanie Lake & Melanie Lane

World Premieres! PLUS …Win Tickets… details below!!

This August, Arts House presents the premiere of two new works and the return of two of Melbourne’s most loved choreographers – Stephanie Lake with Pile of Bones and Melanie Lane with Nightdance.

Arts House Artistic Director Angharad Wynne-Jones said these works will continue to push the boundaries of contemporary dance.

“We are thrilled to be presenting Stephanie and Melanie’s world premieres at Arts House in August. The last few years have seen these choreographers gather international acclaim, having presented works in France, Spain, New York and New Zealand. This is a perfect chance for Melbourne audiences to catch Stephanie and Melanie present these beautiful new works right here on their home soil,” Wynne-Jones explained.

A multi-award-winning Australian choreographer, dancer and director who collaborates across theatre, film, television, visual art and music video, Stephanie Lake has created works for Sydney Dance Company, Chunky Move, Queensland Ballet, Dancenorth, Tasdance, Stompin, Frontier Danceland (Singapore), Sydney Symphony and the Victorian College of the Arts.

As an international performer and choreographer, Melanie Lane has worked with Kobalt Works | Arco Renz, Club Guy and Roni, Tino Seghal, Antony Hamilton and Chunky Move; created works in Norway, Germany, Belgium and Indonesia; and presented works at Tanz im August, Uzes Danse Festival, Spring Dance Festival, O Espaco do Tempo, Festival Antigel and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.

Pile of Bones – Stephanie Lake Company

Pile of Bones examines love, suppression, mutation and the uprising of inner demons and angels – bodies are encrusted with fluttering armour and caught in sticky webs. From crystal cut precision to wild abandon, Pile of Bones is a visceral and eccentric choreographic and audio-visual exploration of the intricacies of our closest relationships. In this new work Stephanie Lake’s trademark gutsy physicality and kooky poetics are combined with four remarkable dancers (Marlo Benjamin, Samantha Hines, Harrison Ritchie-Jones and Jack Ziesing), a design team including Harriet Oxley and Matthew Adey and an original composition by renowned artist Robin Fox.

Season 15 – 19 Aug 2017
Times 7.30pm Tue – Fri, 2pm and 7.30pm Sat
Address Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Tickets $25 – $35
Bookings or (03) 9322 3720

NightdanceMelanie Lane

Australia and Berlin-based choreographer and performer Melanie Lane coaxes us off the couch and into the club in Nightdance, a pulsating new work that investigates the physical experience of the nightclub and its seductive promise of transformation, primal temptation and sublime release. Deftly transgressing the realms of traditional dance forms, Lane and her co-performers (Lilian Steiner and Gregory Lorenzutti) slide between exotic dance, techno, burlesque and pop as they navigate sound, space and light, and the social, sensual and cerebral offerings-up for consumption after dark. As performers oscillate between entertainer and punter, lap dance and lip-sync, Lane shines a spotlight on the economy of entertainment, the labor and currency of the body, and our complicity as audiences, voyeurs and consumers. Nightclub of the future or a dive into the sultry underworld of Berlin’s Weimer-era cabaret, Nightdance pumps up the volume, dims the lights and asks what it takes for you to dance the night away.

Season 24 – 27 Aug 2017
Times 7.30pm Thu – Fri, 2pm and 7.30pm Sat, 3pm Sun
Address Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Tickets $25 – $35
Bookings or (03) 9322 3720

‘Nightdance’ by Melanie Lane. Photo Jody Hutchinson



We have a double pass to giveaway to each of these incredible shows:

PILE OF BONES – Saturday 19th August 2pm (entries close Aug 16)
NIGHTDANCE – Saturday 26th August 2pm  (entries close Aug 23)

To enter, send an email to with the title of the show you want to see in the subject and include your name and mobile number in the body. Good luck!