Melbourne Fringe Festival is set to host the first large-scale arts event since March, a one-off mass contemporary dance event, Multiply, choreographed by the award-winning Stephanie Lake and composed by internationally recognised audio-visual artist Robin Fox. The event invites all citizens of Melbourne to sign up and take part, regardless of skill or ability.
Multiply is a timely artistic response to social isolation in 2020. Four hundred participants will shake off the shackles of isolation, dancing fully masked in designated spaces two metres apart, in Prahran Square on Saturday 21 November. The work will be filmed with drone photography by Daybreak Films, for a short film to be released in 2021.
With no audience on site, the work is made with and for participants, who will learn the simple choreography from dance leaders on site on the day. The work is choregraphed by Stephanie Lake, who is no stranger to mass dance events, following on from her hit Colossus presented as part of the 2018 Take Over for Melbourne Fringe.
Melburnians can apply to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event by completing this form. Registrations are first come, first served and will close at 11.59pm, on Monday 16 November or when the maximum number of participants for the site has been exhausted. Extensive contact tracing and COVID-Safety plans will be in place on the day to ensure the safety of all participants and staff on site.
Once registered, participants will be given a colour scheme to wear and a designated entry point for the day, to ensure social distancing is maintained. While on site, dancers will be given a static position, safely distanced with masks required. Multiply is an inclusive and diverse event, with adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds encouraged to take part.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Registrations will close at 11.59pm, on Monday 16 November: https://form.jotform.com/202711053380847
Multiply will take place on Saturday 21 November, 2020 in Prahran Square (Cato Street, Prahran 3181.) Participants need to be available from 2pm – 5.30pm.