Stephanie Lake

Stephanie Lake, Artistic Director

Stephanie Lake, Artistic Director

Stephanie Lake has danced with most of our best contemporary dance-makers and now … she’s making a very strong bid to join them at the top table.
— Deborah Jones, The Australian

Stephanie Lake is a multi award-winning Australian choreographer, dancer and director of Stephanie Lake Company. Her major works including Colossus, Replica, Pile of Bones, Double Blind, DUAL, A Small Prometheus, AORTA and Mix Tape have been presented by Melbourne International Arts Festival, Sydney Festival, Dance Massive, Arts House, Sydney Opera House, Theatre National de Chaillot (Paris), Theater im Pfalzbau (Germany), Dublin Dance Festival, Tramway (Glasgow), M1 Contact Festival (Singapore), Aarhus Festival (Denmark) and Hong Kong Arts Festival among others.

In 2013 Stephanie was appointed inaugural Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc, which included working as Guerin’s choreographic assistant at Lyon Opera Ballet. Stephanie received a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in the same year and the Dame Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship in 2012.  

Stephanie has been commissioned by Sydney Dance Company, Chunky Move, Queensland Ballet, Dancenorth, New Zealand Dance Company, Tasdance, Expressions Dance Company,  Stompin, Frontier Danceland (Singapore), Sydney Symphony and the Victorian College of the Arts. She collaborates across theatre, film and TV, visual art and music video and has directed several large-scale public works involving over 1000 participants.

Stephanie sits on the Victorian College of the Arts Advisory Board and is the Patron of Moves Festival, Hobart. Her performance career spans twenty years, touring and dancing extensively with Gideon Obarzanek’s Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc as well as with choreographers Antony Hamilton & Byron Perry and Anouk Van Dijk. She was a founding dancer in Phillip Adams’ BalletLab.

“A truly original voice, Stephanie Lake has developed her practice through the ranks and seminal work of Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin. Her gutsy physicality and kooky poetics allied to an intellectual rigour make Stephanie’s work a wonderful and varied choreographic landscape to investigate.”