Chunky Move

Chunky Move

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 companies in Australia not operating under an ensemble model.

In addition to our main stage performance activity, Chunky Move offers an extensive program of performer and choreographic development initiatives including our celebrated Next Move program, which commissions a new work by an independent choreographer each year.

Chunky Move is based in our purpose built dance studios in Southbank. Our building, situated in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct, was designed by award-winning architects Wood Marsh and is one of the most distinctive and recognisable buildings on the Melbourne landscape.


Anouk van Dijk

Concept, Choreography & Direction

Anouk van Dijk is the Artistic Director of Chunky Move. She is a choreographer, director, dancer and the creator behind the movement system Countertechnique.

In October 2012, Van Dijk premiered her debut work, An Act of Now, for Chunky Move, the third production in her ongoing Mensch series. The production went on to win The Age Critics’ Award for best new Australian work in the Melbourne Festival. For the Company she has since created 247 Days and Embodiment 1:1:1 (2013), gentle is the power and Complexity of Belonging (2014), Depth of Field (2015), Rule of Thirds and L U C I D (2016).

Before relocating to Australia, Van Dijk had an extensive career in Europe, touring worldwide with her Dutch company anoukvandijk dc, performing at the world’s leading festivals and venues including Festival d’Avignon, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Opera House, MASS MoCA, Perth International Arts Festival, Dance Triennale Tokyo, American Dance Festival and Festival TransAmériques. Van Dijk’s long collaborative partnership with German writer and director Falk Richter has resulted in the creation of five critically acclaimed productions that have toured in Europe and internationally.

In 2012, Van Dijk was awarded the Golden Swan (Gouden Zwaan) – the Netherlands’ most prestigious dance accolade – in recognition of her outstanding artistic and academic contribution to dance in her home country.


Ho Tzu Nyen

Co-creator & Concept

Ho Tzu Nyen is a renowned multimedia artist based in Singapore who makes films, videos and theatrical performances that reconstruct and reimagine philosophical and historical texts and artefacts. He has had solo exhibitions at the Guggenheim Bilbao (2015), DAAD Galerie (2015), Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2015), the Singapore Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and Artspace in Sydney (2011). He participated in exhibitions such as the 6th Moscow Biennale, the 10th Shanghai Biennale, the 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the 6th Asia-Pacific Triennial and the 26th Sao Paulo Biennale. His works have been shown at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Guggenheim in New York, Witte de With in Rotterdam, ZKM in Karlsruhe and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.

His theatrical works have been presented at the Asian Arts Theatre, Gwangju, Wiener Festwochen, Theater der Welt, the KunstenFestivaldesArts and the Singapore Arts Festival.

His films have been presented at the Berlin Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

In 2014 – 2015, Ho Tzu Nyen was awarded a DAAD Scholarship in Berlin and in 2015 he was awarded the Grand Prize of the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize.