Lake March


‘Lake March’ is a spontaneous dance and music performance unfolding along the pathways of Lakes Burley Griffin, Ginninderra and Tuggeranong across two weekends in August. Families, friends and exercise buffs of all ages flocking to the Lake to fill up on nature, gossip and sweat will unsuspectingly be treated to an artistic happening, a shared moment of surprise, reflection and joy.


Along the water’s edge, eight dancers continuously move in a spatially distanced procession to live musical accompaniment honouring these watery spaces as places of connection, reflection and for some, trauma.


Ignited by the turbulent context we are experiencing globally in 2020, the artists draw on notions of absence – of human-to-human touch, of a just and stable world, of collective joy – experiences for which we yearn.


Lake March was awarded a Canberra Critics Circle award for ‘courageously working within the restrictive conditions generated by Covid-19 to bring an innovative and entertaining production of dance and live music, presented in several outdoor venues, to an audience of dance goers and the wider Canberra Community’.



World famous director, Pina Bausch’s ‘The Nelken Line’ was released to be performed by citizens across the globe, uniting communities amidst the covid-19 pandemic. On the 16th of August, Australian Dance Party was joined by dancers and dance lovers from the Canberra community in a filming of ‘The Nelken Line’ to share with the international community on the Pina Bausch Foundation website here. We would like to thank the Pina Bausch Foundation for this initiative.

‘Lake March’ is presented by the Where You Are Festival with the support of the ACT Government. With thanks to the support of arts ACT, QL2 Dance, Lorna Sim, Maxim Chartered Accountants, All Insure and Michael Whaites.


Choreographer/Performer – Alison Plevey. Assistant Choreographer - Alana Stenning. Dance Artists - Olivia Fyfe, Ryan Stone, Jake Silvestro, Jacqui Simmonds, Ashlee Bye, Philip Piggin and Liz Lea. Musicians – Michael Liu (Violin) and Alex Voorhoeve (Cello). Community participants


LAKE MARCH: ∙15th August at Lake Burley Griffin 11:15am & 12:30pm. (postponed) ∙Sunday 16th August at Lake Burley Griffin 11:15am. ∙Saturday 22nd August at Lake Ginninderra at 11:15am & 12:30pm. (postponed) ∙Saturday 29th August at Lake Ginninderra at 11:15am & 12:30pm. ∙Sunday 30th August at Lake Burley Griffin at 11:15am & 12:30pm. ∙Sunday 6th Sept at Lake Tuggeranong at 11:15am & 12:30pm. NELKEN LINE: ∙Sunday 16th August at Lake Burley Griffin at 12:30pm.


Lorna Sim

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