Dance sensation Manifesto makes triumphant return to Arts Centre Melbourne

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Dance sensation Manifesto makes triumphant return to Arts Centre Melbourne

Words by Staff Writer

Dance sensation Manifesto makes triumphant return to Melbourne after sell-out seasons around the country.

Stephanie Lake’s explosive Manifesto is coming to Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from 25 – 28 October much to the delight of Melbourne audiences who may missed out on the hottest ticket in town back in 2022.

Arts Centre Melbourne presents Manifesto

  • Playhouse | 25 – 28 October
  • Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)

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“I am beyond thrilled that we have the chance to bring Manifesto back to our home city and onto the beautiful Playhouse stage. After an incredible national tour, and on the back of our first international season, we can’t wait to blast the roof off with Melbourne audiences once again,” said Stephanie Lake.

Following roaring standing ovations and stellar reviews – in what has been described as “pure genius” (The Australian) – Manifesto sees nine dancers and nine drummers on nine drum-kits in front of a towering watermelon-pink velvet curtain. The frenzy of exhilarating movement and rhythm coalesce to create a vortex of irresistible human energy.

Composed by sought-after iconoclast Robin Fox (of 2020’s Single Origin fame), it all begins with a loud bang as the flurry of movement builds with each rhythmic tempo change. Over the hour, audiences will be captivated by bodies twitching, gliding and ricocheting across the stage in and out of solos, duos, trios, quartets and collective moments.

Together, the drummers and dancers work in harmony as the raw, unamplified sound wraps around the audience with overwhelming power. And, as the rhythms become more complex, so do the movements. Even in the silent moments, you can hear the beating of the drum through the athleticism and endurance of the dancers.

The constant back and forth between drummers and dancers conducting each other through movement shows the perfect synergy between all artistic forms. Think Busby Berkeley opulence meets pounding percussion in a rallying cry for solidarity.

Having just completed their first international tour to Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen festival in Germany, the life of Manifesto knows no borders with tours coming up in Europe, the UK, New Zealand, North America and Asia.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for a limited time only or until sold out. For more information visit