The Company

Chunky Move creates bold, visually striking and genre defying dance works. These works are experiments that merge the body with other forms, explore new ideas and materials and respond to different spaces and contexts. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Antony Hamilton and Executive Director Kristy Ayre, Chunky Move plays a crucial role in driving the artform of dance forward in Australia and beyond. Artists and audiences are at the heart of our company, expressed in our dense program of major works, commissions, residencies, workshops and public classes. Our collaborations, partnerships and projects aim to extend artform influence in the public realm and increase the visibility of contemporary dance as an everyday artform.

Watch an Auslan description here

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Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director, Gideon Obarzanek and Executive Producer, Angharad Wynne-Jones, Chunky Move established itself as one of Australia’s most innovative, awarded and recognised performing arts companies, setting an early precedent for Australia by eschewing an ensemble model and embedding artistic reinvention. 

Under the Artistic Directorship of acclaimed Dutch choreographer, Anouk Van Dijk (2012 – 2018), Chunky Move continued to provide creative exploration for audiences, dancers and collaborators.  

In December 2018, Antony Hamilton, Kristy Ayre and Freya Waterson were appointed to lead the company. These appointments signalled a contemporary approach to leadership transition and have provided invigorated artistic and organisational capacity to evolve Chunky Move for a new generation of dance artists and audiences 

To explore the company’s history, deep dive the archive here.

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Chunky Move is located on the unceded lands of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We respectfully acknowledge the significant contributions of Australia’s First Peoples, and are committed to supporting the continuity of culture and relationship to this land.

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The studios of Chunky Move are located in the same building as ACCA (Australian Centre of Contemporary Art). The building is also referred to as ‘Ngargee’ a Bunurong word for describing a ‘gathering for celebration’.

The rusty steel building, completed in 2002, and designed by local architects Wood Marsh, has become one of Melbourne’s architectural icons.

In the words of architects Roger Wood and Randal Marsh:

“The building is designed to make reference to its function…a sculpture in which to show art. It was also designed to support art practice in an optimistic way…and to be a robust laboratory for experimentation. Openings in the external fabric are kept to a minimum and the vocabulary of steel frame and taut metal skin references past occupation of the site, namely warehouses, foundries and sheds.”

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Dancers and Collaborators

  • Token Armies

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  • Universal Estate

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  • Yung Lung

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  • AB_TA_ Response

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  • Rewards for the Tribe

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  • Kristina Arnott

    Program Producer

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  • Kristy Ayre

    Executive Director and co-CEO

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  • Joel Bray

    Choreographer in Residence

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  • Hannah Brown

    Office and Program Coordinator

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  • Ashley Buchanan

    Production and Operations Manager

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  • Ngioka Bunda-Heath

    First Peoples Partnership Coordinator

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  • Elyse Cox

    Development Coordinator

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  • Tammy Currie

    Finance Administrator

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  • Siobhain Geaney

    Production and Operations Coordinator

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  • Antony Hamilton

    Artistic Director and co-CEO

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  • Caitlin McNaughton

    Marketing and Communications Manager

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  • Moeka Minami

    Marketing Coordinator (Intern)

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  • Sally Calder


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  • Lauren Donazzan


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  • Padraig Donnelly


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  • Rose Hiscock

    Deputy Chair

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  • Sean Jameson


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  • Wendy Martin


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  • Leigh O'Neill


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  • Patrick Rundle


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  • Jasmin Sheppard


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Artistic Director's Reference Group

  • Angela Conquet

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  • Bruce Gladwin

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  • Mish Grigor

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111 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC 3006
See: Getting to Chunky Move
See: Social story
See: COVID-19 Safety

Office hours

Monday-Friday: 9am-5:30pm

By phone

(03) 9645 5188
Chunky Move is contactable through the National Relay Service here





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COVID-19 Safety

Updated 30 September 2022

Please do not attend Chunky Move classes or events if you are a current positive COVID-19 case or have COVID-19 symptoms. Mask-wearing is encouraged at shows at Chunky Move studios, and disposable masks are available upon request.

For more information, please refer to current Victorian Government guidelines here.

Please contact us via if you have any access needs and/or other questions or concerns regarding a planned visit to Chunky Move.

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Getting to Chunky Move

111 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006

We’re located at 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, in the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct. Enter from Sturt Street or through the undercroft via Grant Street. There’s a tram stop nearby, and plenty of car parks and bike racks. It’s also a nice walk from Flinders Street train station.


Alight at Flinders Street Station, and walk across Princes Bridge, up St Kilda Road, turning right at Grant Street. View the route here on Google Maps. Alternatively, take the Route 1 tram toward South Melbourne and alight at Stop 18. Please note, Stop 17 is the closest accessible tram stop on this route.


Route 1 travels along Sturt Street and straight to our building. Alight at Stop 18. Walk past the ACCA front door, through the courtyard towards the Chunky Move sign. This is our front door.
Please note, visitors requiring the use of an accessible tram stop on this route, alight at Stop 17 at the Recital Centre and continue south down Sturt Street. Walk past the ACCA front door, through the courtyard towards the Chunky Move sign. This is our front door.

Routes 3, 5, 16, 64, 67, 72 all travel along St Kilda Road. Alight at Stop 17 (accessible tram stop) on the corner of St. Kilda Road and Grant Street and continue down Grant Street, approximately 450m to our entrance on Sturt Street, near the corner of Grant Street and Sturt Street. View the route here on Google Maps.


Bike racks are located right out the front of ACCA on Sturt Street or adjacent to the Malthouse Theatre entrance (opposite our front door).


Metered street parking is available in Grant Street, Dodds Street and Sturt Street. There are two car parks for people with a disability right in front of the ACCA entrance on Sturt Street.
Commercial car parks are located at Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Ballet Centre at the end of Sturt Street.

Our Melways Reference is 2F F10, and GPS latitude/longitude is -37.826636, 144.966564.


You can read our step-by-step guide on getting to Chunky Move, or watch it in Auslan here.

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Venue Hire

The Chunky Move Studios are Melbourne’s premiere purpose-built dance studios. They feature large, usable spaces, sprung floors, state of the art low power LED lighting, daylight from skylights, power facilities, building amenities and security.

Chunky Move holds developments, dance classes and performances within the two studios throughout the year. When scheduling events please be aware Chunky Move hold regular classes mornings and evenings including weekends.

The studios are also a versatile and attractive venue for:

  • Corporate Events – workshops and classes
  • Performance Rehearsals – dance and theatre
  • One-off Workshops & Classes – dance, theatre and yoga

Enquiries & Bookings

For all enquiries regarding studio hire rates and availability please contact the Office & Program Coordinator on (03) 9645 5188 or

Please also complete the following form here

Please note that all studio hires are subject to the availability of the studios and the discretion of the Company. Due to the demands of the Company’s rehearsal, performance and class schedule we are not always able to facilitate hire requests.

Hirer’s Obligations

Please see here for the Hirer’s obligations, which are also outlined in detail in the Studio Hire Agreement.

Enquiry form

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Join the team

Production and Operations Coordinator


The Production and Operations Coordinator works closely with the Production and Operations Manager, providing essential support in the delivery of Chunky Move productions, technical and operational management and is an integral member of the Chunky Move team. The Production and Operations Coordinator is responsible for supporting the efficient administration of the Production and Operations department; ensuring that planning processes, scheduling and financial systems are in place.


An enthusiastic and capable individual to join our hard working and passionate team. Knowledge of the Australian dance and/or arts sector is desirable but not essential.
Chunky Move is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from First Nations people, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people, and people from the LGBTIQA+ community.
To be eligible for apply for this role, applicants must have existing Australian work rights.



  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience in a professional technical theatrical environment, with proven proficiency in two or more of the following technical areas; audio, lighting, AV, rigging, IT, stage management
  • Strong attention to detail and system-oriented information management and documentation skill
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft web-based platforms (Outlook, onedrive) and other relevant IT tools
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiasm to contribute to a positive team environment and demonstrated commitment to culturally safe workplaces
  • Sound knowledge of OHS, compliance and venue safety
  • Ability to professionally and courteously handle external partner enquiries and build strong relationships with suppliers, hirers, casual crew and artists
  • Ability to multitask and work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work harmoniously and collegiately in a small team and remain professional under stressful conditions


  • Experience with technical drawing
  • EWP Ticket
  • First Aid Training
  • Current Driver’s License, no restrictions
  • Experience in managing and reconciling petty cash floats


Please read the full Position Description here.


If you believe this is the right opportunity for you, please email your application to by 5pm Monday 10 October. Please include the subject line: CONFIDENTIAL application Production and Operations Coordinator.

Interviews will be held in person or via ZOOM on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 October 2022, or earlier. We will assess applications on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP.

Your application should introduce yourself, speak to your interest in the position and in working with Chunky Move, and outline your professional experience.

As a guide you may wish to submit:

  • A covering letter introducing yourself (one page maximum)
  • Response to the selection criteria (two page maximum)
  • A resume including a minimum of two referees

You may also apply by submitting a video or audio recording instead of a written application but please ensure you cover all the information listed above.

If you need any support completing an application, or have any queries, please call (03) 9645 5188 or email Ashley Buchanan (Production and Operations Manager) on You can also contact Kristy Ayre (Executive Director / co-CEO, currently overseas) on

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