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Chunky Move: Accumulation 

In 2018 the National Gallery of Victoria held its Triennial showcase of contemporary art from around the world, and for this internationally significant event Chunky Move collaborated with NGV to create an exclusive series of works in which dance engaged in dialogue with the works of the exhibition.

Accumulation was an ambitious and acclaimed choreographic takeover of NGV Triennial.


Curated by Chunky Move Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk, Accumulation presented five individual works created by choreographers including Van Dijk, Antony Hamilton, Thomas E.S. Kelly and Prue Lang in response to selected art works from the exhibition. Audiences were guided from performance to performance by artist Benjamin Hancock, giving them a unique experience of the Triennial exhibition through dance.

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Chunky Move | National Gallery of Victoria Triennial 
NGV Triennial Extra Program
19 January 2019


Choreography: Anouk van Dijk, Antony Hamilton, Thomas E.S. Kelly, Prue Lang

Performers: James Batchelor, Mikaela Carr, Richard Cilli, Benjamin Hancock, Thomas E.S. Kelly, Melanie Lane, Amber McCartney, Jessie Oshodi, Tara Jade Samaya, Niharika Senapati, James Vu Anh Pham + over 30 volunteer dancers

Artistic Director: Anouk van Dijk
Executive Director: Vanessa Pigrum
Company Producer: Hillary Coyne


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Images: Eugene Hyndman




"As Benjamin Hancock appears, his face also concealed, I think how wonderful it would be to move through the space, face hidden by a mask but still able to see, as I face mortality. Encased from feathered headpiece to heel, Hancock serves as the adult version of the Artie Mouse[ii] gallery guide of my childhood: silent, otherworldly, and with a different silhouette to my own; I’d follow them near anywhere."

Gracia Haby Fjord Review January 28 2018

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CHUNKY MOVE - Assembly


With over sixty performers on a vast staircase on the Melbourne Recital Centre stage, Assembly was about crowds, a demonstration of mass action in both movement and voice. As striking patterns evolve from chaotic rabbles, musical harmony emerges from dissonant voices.


Combining the force and agility of Chunky Move’s dancers with the aural majesty of the Victorian Opera, Assembly’s action shifted between mesmeric visualisations of kaleidoscopic order and the unpredictable convulsions of a fomenting mob. Assembly the last work Artistic Director Gideon Obarzanek created for Chunky Move before passing on the reins to his successor, and its scale and size were appropriate for the Melbourne dance landscape he had helped build.

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Chunky Move | Victorian Opera
Melbourne International Arts Festival
World premiere
6 October 2011

Touring Season


Sydney Festival

City Recital Hall, Angel Place

11 - 14 January 2012

Direction & Choreography: Gideon Obarzanek 
Musical Direction: Richard Gill
Lighting Design: Nick Schlieper
Costume Design: Harriet Oxley
Set Design: Gideon Obarzanek & Chris Mercer
Assistant Choreographer: Stephanie Lake
Assistant Musical Director: Daniel Carter

Original Performers: Harriet Ritchie, Sara Black, Alisdair Macindoe, James Shannon, Lily Paskas, Frankie Snowdon, Benjamin Hancock, Nathan Dubber
Original Principal Singers Casselle Bonollo, Olivia Cranwell, Frederica Cunningham, Tobias Glaser, Jeremy Kleeman, Matthew Thomas

Guest Singer: Paul Capsis

Original Choir: Alice Adams, Karina Adams, Andrew Alesi, Kyahl Anderson, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Nathan Camilleri, Robert Campbell, Darcy Carroll, Jesse Collin, Alastair Cooper-Golec, Stephen Coutts, Joel Davies, Bronwyn Dean, Zoe Drummond, Janneke Ferwerda, Matthew Frampton, Nicole Free, Shoumendu Ganguly, Prudence Hare, Cailin Howarth, Sara Kogan-Lazarus, Jacob Lawrence, Michelle McCarthy, Stephen Marsh, Gianni Marzella, Tim Matthews Staindl, Estia Morgan, Laura Newbould, Aleksis Payne, Hannah Pelka-Caven, Connor Rawson, Hillary Schier, Kate Schmidli, Henry Shaw, Patrick Shaw, Josephine Sim, Christian Smith, Marie Tabone, Daniel Todd, Jeremy Tate, Joshua Tomlinson, Erin Towns, Anna Voshege

Artistic Director: Gideon Obarzanek
Executive Producer: Rachael Azzopardi
Business & Program Manager: Hillary Coyne
Production Manager: Chris Mercer
Stage Manager: Josh Sherrin
Assistant Stage Manager: Mel Dyer
Wardrobe Supervisor: Jane Burt

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ASSEMBLY: Interview with Gideon Obarzanek

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FESTIVAL TV: Assembly - Chunky Move Interview

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