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A Unique New Dance Exploring Human Obedience
Double Blind, Dance, Stephanie Lake, Psychology, Arts
Double Blind by Stephanie Lake. Image by Pippa Samaya.


The newest work from award-winning choreographer Stephanie Lake, Double Blind is a complex and thought provoking dance experience that is both humorous and dark. Stephanie Lake has built up an impressive reputation, having worked as a performer and choreographer for over 15 years with some of Australia's leading dance companies. Stephanie established her own company in 2014 and Double Blind is now touring through Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Double Blind, Dance, Stephanie Lake, Psychology, Arts
Double Blind by Stephanie Lake. Image by Pippa Samaya.


Stanley Milgrim's 1960s psychological experiments are the primary inspiration behind the work- a controversial study that tested the limits of human obedience and authority. Participants were asked to administer electric shocks to subjects by an authority figure, to see how far they would go in obeying orders.

Beginning with a stark white stage, viewers are soon drawn into the unpredictable world of the four dancers. Electrical wires and machines act as props that jolt and stimulate the dancers into action, escalating to often disturbing endings. Through a combination of both highly detailed, graceful choreography and spontaneous, reckless movement, the work seems to reflect and explore the internal conflicts of individuals pushed to obey beyond their limits.

Double Blind, Dance, Stephanie Lake, Psychology, Arts
Double Blind by Stephanie Lake. Image by Pippa Samaya.


The plain gown-like costumes worn by the dancers reinforce their roles as both experimenter and participant in a strange, clinical world. The dancers both control and are controlled by each other, in sequences that can quickly change from funny to disturbing.

Lake's inventive approach to movement shines through in Double Blind. The choreography is often fast and precise, with fluid and almost mechanical interaction between the dancers. Intense sequences are broken up by moments of audience interaction, talk and humour.

double Blind, Dance, Stephanie Lake, Psychology, Arts
Double Blind by Stephanie Lake. Image by Pippa Samaya.


Double Blind also features original composition from acclaimed audio-visual artist Robin Fox, a regular collaborator. Rhythm is a crucial part of the experience, with sound and noise often being used to confront the audience. The final result is a highly memorable work that will leave a lasting impression.

Double Blind is now showing at the Northcote Town Hall until the 20th February. Tickets can be booked online through Darebin Arts.
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Why? Experience a Unique New Dance Work by Stephanie Lake
When: 8pm-9pm
Phone: (03) 9481 9500
Where: Northcote Town Hall
Cost: $32, Concession $27
Your Comment
Looks stark and dramatic. Shame it's not touring Adelaide.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|3732) 496 days ago
The dancing sounds a little different and I'd love to see it. The storyline I think is well suited to dance.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5676) 492 days ago
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