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.
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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.
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.
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.”
Dancers and Collaborators
Rewards for the Tribe
Executive Director & co-CEO
Choreographer in Residence
First Peoples Partnership Coordinator
Office & Program Coordinator
Marketing & Communications Manager
Production & Operations Coordinator
Artistic Director & co-CEO
Production & Operations Manager
Artistic Director's Reference Group
Updated 29 October 2021
Chunky Move is a fully vaccinated venue. In accordance with government regulations, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption will be required for anyone over the age of 16 to enter Chunky Move. All staff at Chunky Move will likewise be fully vaccinated. We will be operating under our in-house Covid-Safe Plan which reflects up to date Government requirements for activity within indoor fitness facilities / creative studios.
On arrival to Chunky Move you will be required to check in and display proof of your COVID-19 vaccination to a CM staff member. In line with current regulations, masks are required to be worn indoors at Chunky Move when not engaged in strenuous physical exercise. As you are well accustomed to now, please do not to attend the studios if presenting any cold/flu symptoms.
Please contact us via email@example.com if you have any access needs and/or other questions or concerns regarding a planned visit to Chunky Move.
Our COVID-Safe Plan can be accessed here
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Please see here for the Hirer’s obligations, which are also outlined in detail in the Studio Hire Agreement.
Join the team
Marketing & Communications Manager (Parental Leave Contract)
We are advertising a full-time Marketing & Communications Manager role for a fixed term, 12 month Parental leave cover contract.
Ideal start date: (no later than) 6 December 2021
Please contact Chunky Move Executive Director / co-CEO, Kristy Ayre if you are interested in the role, her email is listed below.
The Marketing & Communications Manager is responsible for developing and implementing effective marketing and communications strategies in order to promote Chunky Move’s vision in Australia and overseas. This includes the design and implementation of all aspects of the marketing mix, including management of external contractors.
The Marketing & Communications Manager’s role is to involve, retain and build Chunky Move’s audiences, participants and supporters and contribute to the management of corporate sponsor relations. This position is part of the management team at Chunky Move and will play an important role in helping to drive the Company’s future direction.
The M&C Manager role requires a proactive creative problem-solver with highly developed communication skills, who is a collaborative and positive contributor to the Chunky Move team culture.
Who we are looking for:
A proactive, creative problem-solver with highly developed communication skills, who is a collaborative and a positive contributor to the Chunky Move team culture. 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 neurodivergent people, and people from the LGBTIQA+ community.
To be eligible to apply for this role, applicants must have existing Australian work rights.
To learn more about the role, please download the following:
- Full position description and key information as a PDF or a Word doc
- Selection criteria as a PDF or a Word doc
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for the position you may contact Chunky Move Executive Director / co-CEO, Kristy Ayre for a confidential discussion.
Email: email@example.com to request a time.
Your application should introduce yourself, speak to your interest in the position and in working with Chunky Move, and outline your professional experience.
Please include in your application:
- A cover letter introducing yourself (1 page maximum)
- Response to the selection criteria (maximum 2 pages)
- A resume including minimum two professional referees
If you need any support completing an application please call (03) 9645 5188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
If you believe this is the right opportunity for you, please email your application to email@example.com Please include the subject line: CONFIDENTIAL application M&C Manager.