Nine dancers. Nine drummers. Nine drum kits.

World Premiere Season

Immerse yourself in Manifesto, an explosive ‘tattoo to optimism’ with electrifying dancing and huge, raw sound. Mass drumming and dance have historically represented military might – Manifesto flips antiquity on its head to bring us a rally cry to solidarity.

Situated on a grand elevated set reminiscent of Busby Berkley, nine explosive drummers encircle nine astonishing dancers.

Starting with a bang, the show becomes more complex and thrilling as it builds towards a wildly loud and powerfully danced crescendo. Created in collaboration with internationally renowned audio-visual artist and composer Robin Fox and a superb team of designers and performers.

Drums and dance. What a combo. You'll be on the edge of your seat, heart beating in time with the driving power of nine drum kits, accompanied by a stunning visceral ensemble performance that speaks to revelry and artistry, and an immense passion for both.

“Manifesto is one of those iconic performances that you'll always remember experiencing.” In Daily 
“Pure Genius.” The Australian 
  • Warning:

    This production contains haze and loud sound.

  • Age Recommendation:

    This production is recommended for audiences aged 10 and over.

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Created by Stephanie Lake Company

Presented by Brisbane Festival

This project is supported through the Giving Program by Philip Bacon AO. Image by Roy VanDerVegt.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its Arts Funding and Advisory Body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, Perth Festival, RISING, Sydney Festival and Auckland Arts Festival.

Pricing Guide

ADMISSION All Tickets $45

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