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Pile of Bones is the newest dance work by Melbourne based Stephanie Lake Company.  

Created by Helpmann Award winning choreographer Stephanie Lake, Pile of Bones brings together a remarkable team of artists including some of Australia's best dancers (Samantha Hines, Harrison Ritchie-Jones, Marlo Benjamin and Jack Ziesing), long-time collaborator, world renowned audio-visual artist Robin Fox (composer) and design team Harriet Oxley (costume designer) and Matthew Adey (lighting designer). Premiereing in August 2017 at ARTS HOUSE, Melbourne's exciting centre for contemporary performance. 

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.

Pile of Bones will premiere at Melbourne's Arts House in August 2017. Arts House is an incredibly supportive presenter of this project. We're thrilled to be part of their 2017 program. Info here: http://www.artshouse.com.au/events/pile-of-bones/

We can't wait to share this work with audiences but we need support to bring the work to it's exciting final performance stage!

Images of past works by: Jeff Busby, Pippa Samaya, Amber Haines, Jen Brown and David Kelly


Stephanie Lake Company is a Melbourne based contemporary dance company that makes original and thought provoking performances driven by an intense physicality, intricate choreographic detail, engaging concepts and sharply realised design. Stephanie Lake's dance works have won Helpmann, Australian Dance Award and Green Room Awards for Best Choreography. 

"Stamped with her recognisable choreographic signature: moments of humour woven with the grotesque, work that is unapologetically driven by and constructed around the movement of the human body, and movement that is complex, virtuosic and rigorously articulated."

Jordan Beth Vincent, The Age (on Double Blind)

How The Funds Will Be Used

These funds will contribute towards the fees for the brilliant artistic collaborators and behind the scenes team that create Pile of Bones. 

The Artists:

Robin Fox - Composer

Harriet Oxley - Costume Designer

Matthew Adey - Lighting Designer

Production Team: 

Freya Waterson - Producer

Glenn Dulihanty - Production Manager

This uber talented team is vital to the creation of the work. They build the visual, aural and sonic world of the performance and ensure it runs like a well oiled machine.  The funds will help to pay fees for the final rehearsals and performances, August 7 - 20. 

The Challenges

As a newly formed company, funding is our major challenge. Stephanie Lake Company has no 'core funding' as yet, we still survive project to project. If we're unsuccessful in a grant round it is extremely challenging and our budgets end up in the red. 

The company has had enormous success with sold-out shows, critical acclaim, major festival presentations, international touring and exciting partnerships. But as a small and relatively young company without any cash reserves it is hard to plan ahead. $8,000 may seem like a relatively low figure in relation to the overall budget for a work of this scale but for an unfunded company like Stephanie Lake Company it makes a BIG difference to our bottom line. 

Pile of Bones is a show we're so excited to present. We just need a last push of funds from our supporters to get it over the line! 

on 28th Jul 2017 at 7:00am. The payment portal is closed now.
AU$20 +Thanks!Thanks in our printed program and a personal thanks on Facebook.
29 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is June 2017
AU$40 +Thank you!A personal thanks from Stephanie Lake on Facebook and in the printed program plus a souvenir stack of black post-it notes as seen in this gorgeous photo of Pile of Bones dancer Samantha Hines.
38 Chosen | 12 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017
AU$50 +All GoneBig Thanks!As a thank you for your kind donation you'll receive a copy of the legendary DVD BACKSCATTER created by audio-visual mastermind (and Pile of Bones composer) Robin Fox. In addition you'll also receive Robin's first ever CD.
20 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017
AU$100 +All GoneThanks very much!A ticket to the premiere Melbourne season of Pile of Bones at Arts House on a date of your choosing including an introduction to the artists. Personal thank you in the program and on Facebook.
15 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$300 +All GoneThanks a billion!In return for this wonderfully generous donation you will receive a masterclass or choreographic workshop led by Stephanie Lake for yourself or your organisation. This can also take the form of mentorship or professional development. Plus a big personal thank you on Facebook and in the printed program.
2 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2017
AU$500 +All GoneHeartfelt thanks!You are a contemporary dance patron! Thank you! In return for this incredibly generous donation you will receive a limited edition high quality photographic print from collaborator Robin Fox's Proof of Concept edition (42 x 30 cms). This vivid print captures the visualisation of sound. There are a number of images available to choose from. In addition you will receive a ticket to Opening Night of Pile of Bones and introduction to the artists and personal thanks in our program and on Facebook.
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017