Stage to be flooded with a lake of water

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The ground breaking dance piece, Lake, will be performed on Wednesday 19 March at 8pm at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre.

Bold in its vision and deeply evocative, Lisa Wilson’s Lake literally floods the entire performance area to grapple with our fascination and our fear of water.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “This is certainly a first for the Burnie Arts & Function Centre. I still can’t quite grasp how the team are actually going to create a lake on the stage. I am very intrigued and can’t wait to see the final product.”

Set on a stage in flood, Lake merges contemporary dance, video and sound to create an immersive experience with startling visual impact. Bruce McKinven’s stark and broody design and Wilson’s skillful and intimate choreography draw attention to the inherent qualities and contradictions of water.

Burnie Arts & Function Centre Director, Geoff Dobson said, “We are currently preparing for the performance and literally making sure there are no leaks in our plans. The reaction to this upcoming show has been great; however, we are also aware that people may have various environmental concerns about water usage.”

Tankworld Cooee have generously helped find a solution to the environmental concerns of the high water usage needed for the production.

“Tankworld has installed a tank next to the Centre to offset the 2700 litres which will be used on stage for the performance of Lake. This water will be used on the garden around the Centre. This has proved to be a great partnership to ensure that Burnie can present ground breaking performances while still being environmentally minded,” Mr Dobson said.

Exhilarating and evocative, the latest creation from renowned choreographer Lisa Wilson reminds us what it is to be human.

Mr Dobson said, “Don’t think you need to be a dancer to appreciate this work. The piece has universal themes and is a show like no other, truly mesmerising.”

For ticket information, please contact the box office 6430 5850 (Mon - Fri. 9am - 5pm) or visit

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728