Commissioned and Co-Presented by The Substation


Melanie Lane

  • Dance
  • Premiere
  • Performance
  • Sitting
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A woman stands in a dark veil, holding an eagle/bird creature.


A mythic dance-work that imagines life and afterlife in a garden of paradise.

Arkadia, Melanie Lane’s new dance opera, invites you to step across the threshold into a realm of dreams. Inspired by speculative utopias and science fiction, experience a Garden of Paradise where gods, nymphs and aliens transform. Bodies unite and suspend as mythic entities that stretch between the natural and digital worlds. This is a place to reflect on extinction, reincarnation and the afterlife. A shimmering world to play within the possibility of magic and immortality.

Artistic Team

Choreographer and Director

Melanie Lane


Rachel Coulson, Tyrel Dulvarie, Benjamin Hancock, Samuel Harnett-Welk and Georgia Rudd

Set and Costume Designer

Eugyeene Teh

Video Design and Animation

Kim Laughton

Lighting Designer

Bosco Shaw



Original Set Design Concept

Marg Horwell

Production Manager

Cecily Raby

Video Technician

Yandell Walton


Freya Waterson

Producing Assistant

Chelsea Byrne

Costume Design Intern

Oliver Hall


The development of Arkadia has been supported by Creative Australia, Creative Victoria, The Substation, Playking Foundation, Chloe Munro bequest, Lucy Guerin Inc and Chunky Move.

Arkadia is the first project delivered through Corps Conspirators. This initiative, supported by Creative Victoria and led by Melanie Lane, is a project exploring collaborative choreographic practices, multi-artform experimentation and transcultural experience.

The Substation is supported by Creative Australia, Creative Victoria, Hobsons Bay City Council and Vic Track.

Image Credits

Gregory Lorenzutti