Adelaide Festival

Massive opportunity for 1,000 SA dancers to perform in next year’s Adelaide Festival

Renowned choreographer Stephanie Lake wants 1,000 South Australian dancers to perform her 2025 Adelaide Festival, opening night piece.

Stephanie Lake Company’s Multiply 2020. Photo credit Daybreak Films

Renowned choreographer Stephanie Lake, Director of the acclaimed Stephanie Lake Company, is looking to recruit 1,000 South Australian participants to perform on the opening night of the Adelaide Festival 2025.

This world-premier outdoor dance piece has been created to showcase the talents of South Australia’s dancers. If you’re 12 and above and have a passion for expression through movement and participate in dance classes, then she wants to hear from you, regardless of your dancing style or skill level.

Stephanie is celebrated for her ability to coordinate massive dance ensembles, drawing from various dance forms such as contemporary, ballet, hip hop, Latin, swing, tap, ballroom, Bharatanatyam, jazz, and more.

Image credit: Arts Centre Melbourne, Colossus, 2018. Photographer: Mark Gambino

This project follows her previous community-focused dance works, including the notable “Multiply” which engaged 400 dancers in Melbourne during the pandemic lockdown. After learning the choreography online, they performed in compliance with the socially distanced requirements.

Stephanie’s involvement in the Adelaide Festival is not new; her previous show, “Manifesto,” was met with critical acclaim in 2022 and has toured nationally and internationally.

Stephanie Lake expressed her enthusiasm about the 2025 festival project, stating,

“…dance has the ability to foster a deep and powerful connection between people like nothing else I know – it’s a shared, unspoken moment in time that’s never forgotten. I’m thrilled to be commissioned by the Adelaide Festival and The Australian Ballet to create such a big statement piece with the dance communities of South Australia.”

Photo credit: Pedro Greig

Ruth Mackenzie CBE, Adelaide Festival’s Artistic Director, highlighted the participative nature of the festival’s opening events, saying:

“Large-scale participatory works in which everyone is welcome are among my favourite festival events. Create4Adelaide invites new visual artworks, and The Citizens’ Orchestra included musicians of all genres, but dance is also very close to my heart, having previously experienced the joy of working in Paris with over 900 amateur dancers on a large-scale work by Akram Khan.”

“I know that this new work led by Stephanie Lake will be the perfect opening for the 2025 Festival program and will create a lifelong memory for everyone who participates.”

David Hallberg, the Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, also expressed his anticipation for the project:

” Stephanie’s arrival at The Australian Ballet has been a revelation for our audiences and dancers alike. I can’t wait to join forces with the talented dance community across South Australia to mark the start of the festival in Adelaide.”

Interested dance schools and individuals can register via the Adelaide Festival website, with more information to be sent in July 2024.

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