THE POWER AND ECSTASY OF GRIEF.

Malthouse Theatre’s Dance Massive 2019 will see two choreographers bring together virtuosic movement, theatre and design across our Merlyn and Beckett Theatre stages. A compelling political allegory, and a quest into the labyrinth of the human heart, come to life in two moving experiences: Anouk van Dijk’s Common Ground and Stephanie Lake’s Skeleton Tree.

In Skeleton Tree, Stephanie Lake draws inspiration from the punch and poeticism of funeral songs and dances for the dead, to create a powerful new work about the primary human experience that language constantly fails to articulate: the ecstasy of grief. With her signature virtuosic movement, Skeleton Tree is an exhilarating union of dance, music and theatre.

"A MONUMENTAL TALENT … LAKE’S WORK HARNESSES THE KINETIC ENERGY OF HER EXTRAORDINARY DANCERS TO ENDURING EFFECT."
— Time Out (for Stephanie Lake’s Colossus)

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Malthouse Theatre and Stephanie Lake Company present – SKELETON TREE in association with Dance Massive. SKELETON TREE has been funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Generously supported by Linda Herd. 

Images: Pippa Samaya

Partners

CREATED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY /

Stephanie Lake

DANCERS /

Marlo Benjamin, Nicola Leahey & James O'Hara

DRAMATURG /

Matthew Lutton

SOUND DESIGN /

Robin Fox

COSTUME DESIGN /

Paula Levis

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Niklas Pajanti

PRODUCTION MANAGER /

Glenn Dulihanty

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

OPENING NIGHT 6.00pm, Sat 16 Mar

Location

Beckett Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION / 

Approx. 60 minutes (no interval)

WARNINGS / 

Contains extreme haze