Chunky Move constantly seeks to redefine what is or what can be contemporary dance in an ever-evolving Australian culture. Our work is diverse in form and content encompassing productions for the stage, site specific, new-media and installation work.
Led by internationally acclaimed Choreographer Anouk van Dijk, the Company’s multi-tiered programming initiatives nurture and underpin a strong and vibrant dance culture in our home city of Melbourne and create critically acclaimed and popular productions of scale for presentations nationally and internationally.
Using contemporary Australian culture, social commentary and the tension between community and the individual as its springboard, Chunky Move’s artistic vision is driven by an investigation into the multifaceted possibilities of the body; and its relationship to place, context and environment. We are defined by our unpredictability and strive to explore the many possibilities of contemporary dance through cross-genre collaborations and cultural exchange.
Founded by Artistic Director, Gideon Obarzanek in 1995, as the state of Victoria’s flagship contemporary dance company, Chunky Move, under Obarzanek’s leadership, established itself as one of the country’s most innovative, awarded and internationally recognised performing arts companies. Since its inception, Chunky Move has operated under a model of creative porosity – a flow of creative people and ideas moving in and out of the Company – and is therefore, one of the few leading dance company’s in Australia not operating under an ensemble model.
Chunky Move is a not-for-profit company and is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council.