This fearless nature has proved crucial to Lake’s career. From creating underground shows in Melbourne’s grass-roots dance scene to premiering works globally, it seems nothing phases the artist.
“I do seem to get myself in situations where I’m scared often but I find those are also the most rewarding experiences. I think I’ve learned over time that if you put yourself in situations where you’re a little bit uncomfortable or frightened they can be the ones that give you the richest rewards. It doesn’t mean it’s always gone great, but as the years have passed, I’ve become more comfortable with that discomfort.”
One such uncomfortable situation was Lake’s first ballet class at VCA. “It (ballet) didn’t come easily for me. I felt behind, I felt inadequate. I felt like there was this kind of secret code of coordination that I just didn’t get.”
Despite this, Lake found the line and form of ballet instantly appealing, and it consistently features in her work. “I have nothing but respect for ballet dancers, but I also love the invitation to disrupt that and introduce some recklessness into the body, some rebelliousness. When I’m making any dance work, I’m most interested in those contrasts between wildness and total order and precision.”
“There’s always been a ballet aesthetic in my choreography that I then disrupt or take somewhere else. Those structures and those lines from ballet must have gone into my brain and body somewhere along the way because it comes out in my choreography.”