REPLICA SHOWS THE CHALLENGES FOUND WHEN TAKING A JOURNEY



Exceptional dance takes centre stage when Stephanie Lake creates a new show and

anyone who recallsher fascinating work AORTA commissioned by in 2013 will have a chance to experience yet another exhilarating collaboration between Lake and musical composer Robin Fox in the creation of her latest choreographic endeavour– Replica.

Lake pairs two exciting, young, but notable dancers Christina Chan (Singapore) and Aymeric Bichon (France) in an absorbing tale of two people travelling along a winding road together. But this is no “road trip”, rather an exploration and reflection of the dichotomies that these two dancers face. Their need for independence and self-reliance, with their feelings of aggression and friction, are balanced by their interdependence, tenderness and complicity as they traverse a path leading to the creation of this mesmeric dance performance.

The physicality of Stephanie Lake’s choreography in Replica is matched with the dynamic music of Robin Fox, while the visual effects produced by Bosco Shaw and costumes designed by Paula Levis enhance the performance to create a truly stunning showpiece.

Replica is presented with the support of Darebin Arts Speakeasy at the Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote. See how dance transforms into expression in this fascinating show on from the 25 April to 5 May 2018.


Performers: Christina Chan (right), and Aymeric Bichon (left)

REVIEW

Melbournians are lucky to have such a wide selection of entertainment on offer – and never was this more apparent than when attending dance events like Replica, performed on stage locally at the Northcote Town Hall.

Stephanie Lake worked her choreographic magic to pair Christina Chan and Aymeric Bichon and bring the essence of the dancers’ love/hate relationship to life in all its vibrancy. For me, the dancers’ apparent tenderness was juxtaposed with a faultlessly staged fight sequence, and the loneliness of the dancer was exemplified in Chan’s charming solo piece.

Adding a dash of quirkiness, face-to-face conversations between the dancers and the audience drew us into the intimate space that is the dancers’ world. The fantastic effects of the photo luminescent nail polish and face paint produced some glow-in-the-dark frivolity. Great fun!

Let’s hope that Lake and her troupe can take the performance of Replica to other venues so that it can be experienced more widely. Replica is a show that would be well-received by audiences and I certainly would be keen to see it again. Likewise, I look forward to experiencing more of Stephanie’s creative work and sublime performances by these two dancers, Christina Chan and Aymeric Bichon.

DETAILS Dates: 25 April - 5 May 2018 (Preview 25 April 8pm) Time: Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 5pm, Saturday 5th May 2pm Location: Northcote Town Hall (189 High St, Northcote) Duration: 60 mins Tickets: Full $33, Conc/Student $28, Preview $25 Bookings

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