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.
Rewards for the Tribe
Aviva Endean is a sound artist, clarinetist, improviser, curator, and collaborator on interdisciplinary projects. Her practice is dedicated to fostering a deep engagement with (and care for) sound and music, with the hope that attentive listening can connect people with each other and their environment. As a performance maker, Aviva curates new experiences with sound by creating unusual, spatially engaged, and participatory contexts for listening. Her work has been shown at Dark MOFO, MONA FOMA, Darwin Festival, BIFEM, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair and Liquid Architecture. Recent works include creating the sound score for Token Armies by Chunky Move (winner of a Greenroom award for best sound for dance 2020), releasing her debut solo album cinder : ember : ashes (which became a finalist for the Melbourne Prize for music 2019), creating Sonic Labyrinth an interactive sonic journey at Castlemaine State festival and Melbourne Fringe (nominated for a Greenroom award for best experimental sound work) and working as Associate Artist with The Australian Art Orchestra as the inaugural recipient of the Pathfinders Music Leadership position. Aviva is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Freedman Fellowship, The APRA/AMCOS Art Music Fund, and the Peggy Glaville Hicks composers residency.
Jianna joined the Restless Youth Ensemble in 2006 and has since performed in Rebel Rebel, Debut, The Heart of Another is a Dark Forest, Bedroom Dancing, Next of Kin, Take Me There and Howling Like A Wolf. She collaborated with Sophie Hyde (Closer Productions) and Kat Worth on the multi award winning film, Sixteen for Necessary Games. In 2010 she performed in Beauty and also joined the Restless Education Team. Jianna directed two works as part of the Debut seasons including Dancing Dragons and Superhero Island and Spirited Gardens. Spirited Gardens toured to the Australian Youth Dance Festival in Renmark in April 2014. In 2012 she performed in Philip Channells’ inPerspective #1 and choreographed The Gardens with AC Arts 2nd year dancers. In 2013 Jianna was artist is residence at the Bundanon Trust’s Boyd Education Centre. During this period she worked with Philip Channells on the No Time Like Now project and developed a solo work Sound Effects in Nature. Jianna is an Associate Artist and member the Education Team of Dance Integrated Australia and has worked in Perth and Brisbane. Jianna was a workshop assistant with Down Syndrome SA on the Dance Down Program. Jianna was a recipient of the 2013 JUMP Mentoring Program through the Australia Council, mentored by Lisa Heaven and was an inaugural South Australian recipient of the Creative Young Stars Program. Jianna has won numerous medals and trophies when competing at the Special Olympics in both gymnastics and swimming. In January 2014 Jianna performed in the critically acclaimed Restless productions Salt directed by Rob Tannion and In the Balance directed by Michelle Ryan. Jianna was a Finalist in the 2015 Channel 9 Young Achievers Awards. In 2015 Jianna performed in Touched (part of the Naturally double bill) directed by Michelle Ryan and performed an excerpt of the work at the International Day Of People With Disability at the Australia Council for the Arts. Jianna performed in the Restless Dance Season of In the Balance for the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Jianna also directed and performed in A Mysterious Lake and performed in Free and Fearless in Debut 5: the dancers direct. Later that year Jianna was mentored by Dan Daw through the 2016 Catalyst Program. In 2017 Jianna performed in Intimate Space at the Hilton Adelaide as part of the 2017 Adelaide Festival. Jianna toured with Restless Dance Theatre in 2018 to perform Intimate Space at the Hilton Surfers Paradise as part of Bleach* at Festival 2018 Arts and Culture program, Commonwealth Games, Jianna also performed in the opening sequence of the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony with Archie Roach and Amy Shark.
Later that year Jianna performed in Creating the Spectacle for the Adelaide Film Festival. In 2019 Jianna performed in Zizanie, directed by acclaimed choreographer Meryl Tankard for the 2019 Adelaide Festival. In May that year Jianna travelled to the UK for a creative development of Rewards for the Tribe directed by Antony Hamilton, a collaboration with Chunky Move (Melb), Candoco (UK) and Restless. Most recently Jianna toured with Restless to perform Intimate Space for the 2019 Seoul Street Arts Festival.
Antony Hamilton was appointed Artistic Director and co-CEO of Chunky Move in early 2019, and his connection to the company goes back more than 17 years. His acclaimed works involve a sophisticated melding of movement, sound and visual design, and are contextually underpinned by an examination of a body that is at once primitive, contemporary and future bound. Antony has been the recipient of prestigious fellowships from Bangarra Dance Theatre (the Russell Page Fellowship), the Tanja Liedtke Foundation, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Sidney Myer Foundation. In 2013, he was Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc and in 2014 was guest dance curator at The National Gallery of Victoria. He was also the inaugural International Resident Artist at Dancemakers Toronto from 2016 to 2018. Antony has received four Helpmann Award nominations, winning for Black Project 1 & 2 and Forever and Ever (Sydney Dance Co.). He has won numerous Green Room Awards and also received a New York Performing Arts Award ‘Bessie’ for Outstanding Production for MEETING. In 2019 he created Token Armies, his first major work for Chunky Move as Artistic Director. Antony’s independent works include Blazeblue Oneline (2008), Drift (2010), Black Project 1 (2012), Black Project 2 (2013), MEETING (2015), NYX (2015) and Number of the Machine (2017). Major commissions include Forever & Ever(Sydney Dance Company, 2018), Natural Orders (Dancemakers Toronto, 2017), Crazy Times (Sydney Dance Company, 2017), Sentinel (Skånes Dansteater, 2016), Keep Everything (Chunky Move 2012), RGB (ADT 2010), Black Project 3 (Lyon Opera Ballet, 2010) and I Like This (co-directed by Byron Perry for Chunky Move 2008).
Benjamin Hancock is a dancer, choreographer, and performance artist, who is currently based in Melbourne, unceded Wurundjeri country. He has featured in works by Australia’s leading choreographers including Lucy Guerin, Prue Lang, Melanie Lane, Antony Hamilton, Lee Serle, Sue Healey, Martin del Amo, Narelle Benjamin, and Gideon Obarzanek. As a solo artist, Benjamin often inhabits fantastical dispositions that invite audiences to embrace parallel masculinities and femininities. He has presented solo performances at Chunky Move (Next Move), Lucy Guerin Inc (Pieces for Small Spaces), Performance Space (Day For Night), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne Now), Mona Museum & New Orleans Biennial (Prospect 3 USA). Benjamin has also collaborated with contemporary artists, such as Dylan Martorell, Belle Bassin, Lichen Kelp, and Fayen d’Evie, to develop and perform works presented at leading Australian galleries including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Ian Potter Museum of Art, and Heide Museum of Art. He received an Australian Dance Award (2017), Helpmann Award Nomination (2017), and Green Room Award (2016) for his outstanding performance in Lucy Guerin Inc’s ‘The Dark Chorus’. His performance in ‘Princess’, his solo work choreographed for Chunky Move (Next Move) received a Green Room Award Nomination (2015). ‘Princess’ also won two Green Room Awards (2015) for outstanding sound design and visual design. Acclaimed as a performance artist in drag cabaret and club venues, including BARBA and Honcho Disko, Benjamin often plays with the spectacle of camouflage and masks, within egalitarian choreographies of drag. These performance entities have resonated beyond the club scene, leading to commissions at Aesop, Tourism Australia, NGV, Art Bank, Mona Foma and Dark Mofo, ACCA, ACMI. Collaborations continue with performance artists James Andrews, The Huxleys and Discordia. Since 2015, Benjamin has been a core member of the drag cabaret ensemble YUMMY, which has performed at Underbelly Festival (London), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Brisbane Festival, Auckland Live, and fringe festivals in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth. ‘Yummy’ won two Green Room Awards (2018) for best production and cabaret ensemble. Benjamin graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008 with a Bachelor of Dance, and was the recipient of the inaugural VCA choreographic award in his final year.
Since graduating from The Victorian College Of the Arts in 1992, Jenny has developed a strong design aesthetic driven by her collaborations and the spaces they find themselves in. Her work as a lighting and set designer has been experienced nationally and internationally, most recently with Kamila Andini’s The Seen and The Unseen for Asia TOPA (Jakarta, Singapore and Melbourne), Sydney Chamber Opera’s The Howling Girls for Tokyo Festival World Competition 2019 and X-Risk, Kuopio Finland, collaborating with Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey, Pekka Mäkinen, and Johanna Tuukkanen. She has designed lights for Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowsky- Meet Me In The Middle of the Air, Arts Centre-For Those About to Rock, Dark Mofo-Night Mass 2018 and Funeral Party 2016, Back to Back Theatre and The Theatre of Speed, Finucane and Smith-The Rapture, and Shanghai MiMI, Circus Oz-Aurora and From The Ground Up, Rimini Protokol- 100% Melbourne and 100% Darwin and Federation Square- Light In Winter. In Fragment 31’s Irony is not Enough, Parker’s Small Details and Shian Law’s Personal Mythologies, Jenny performed as part of the design. She developed a residential lighting installation, How Are You? that used light and colour to express the emotions of her collaborating neighbours, and through four of Hannah Bertram’s 24 Hr Drawing Projects, explored duration and colour through painting and counting. Her work for Fraught Outfit-Exodus II, Prue Lang -Stellar and Sandra Parker’s Out of Light were nominated for the Green Room best lighting. Jo Lloyd’s Overture, Jacob Boehme’s Blood on the Dance Floor and Jodee Mundy’s Imagined Touch received Green Room Awards for Best Production, for which Jenny realised both the lighting and set designs. Jenny is the recipient of two Green Room awards, for Balletlabs Miracle and Jenny Kemps Madeleine and received the 2016 Award for Technical Achievement.
Michael has loved to dance and sing from a very young age. He joined Restless Central at the age of 21 and in 2013 he was invited in to the Youth Ensemble. Michael performed in Lorcan Hopper’s Debut 4 production of The Elements. He has also made his professional debut in a film clip for the band, The Audreys which was released in 2014. In 2014 he performed in In the Balance directed by Michelle Ryan. In 2015 he was involved in To Look Away, a short film by Sophie Hyde in collaboration with Restless Dance Theatre and Touched by Michelle Ryan. In 2016 Michael performed in the Restless season of In the Balance for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, directed by Michelle Ryan. He also performed in A Mysterious Lakedirected by Jianna Georgiou for Debut 5: the dancers direct. In 2017 Michael joined the Restless tutor team. In the same year Michael performed in Intimate Space directed by Michelle Ryan at the Hilton Adelaide as part of the 2017 Adelaide Festival. In 2018 Michael toured with Restless Dance Theatre and performed Intimate Space at the Hilton Surfers Paradise as part of Bleach* at Festival 2018 within the arts and culture program of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Michael also performed in the opening segment of the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. Later that year Michael performed in Creating the Spectacle a collaboration with leading UK artist Sue Austin for the Adelaide Film Festival. In 2019 Michael performed in Zizanie, directed by acclaimed choreographer Meryl Tankard. That year Michael travelled to the UK with Restless for the first development of Rewards for the Tribe, directed by Antony Hamilton. The work is a collaboration with Restless, Chunky Move (Melb) and Candoco (UK). Most recently Michael toured with Restless to perform in Intimate Space for the 2019 Seoul Street Arts Festival. Michael is proud of his Polish, Chinese and Russian heritage. He is also an avid photographer and has a passion for sailing.
Cody Lavery studied at Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year in 2016 & 2017, under the guidance of Linda Gamblin and Shane Carroll. In 2018, Cody worked on a restaging of Merce Cunningham’s Travelogueat the New York City Centre. She also began developing Sara Black’s Double Beat as part of Dirty Feet’s Out of the Studio and Antony Hamilton’s Universal Estate, which premiered at Dance Massive in 2019. Cody then began collaborating with Tasdance on an interactive dance work Trolls, directed by Adam Wheeler. Later throughout 2019, she worked with Chunky Move in collaboration with Restless Dance Theatre and Candoco Dance Company to develop a new work for Coventry City of Culture 2021. In June, Cody restaged Antony Hamilton’s Universal Estate as part of Dark Mofo 2019. Later throughout 2019, she worked with Chunky Move on Token Armies in association with Creature Technology Co. as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. At the end of the year, Cody worked on a development with Cass Mortimer Eipper and Charmene Yap. In February 2020, she worked with Byström Källblad on City Horses as part of Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance.
Jonathon is a multi award winning Australian Film and Theatre Designer. He studied Illustration and Sculpture at the Queensland College of Art. He has designed sets, costumes and spaces for Queensland Theatre, Guesswork TV, LaBoite Theatre, Is This Yours?, Aphids, Arena Theatre Company, The Real TV Project, Polytoxic, Men of Steel, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Vitalstatistix, Barking Gecko, Bell Shakespeare, Red Moon Theatre Co, The Border Project, The Last Great Hunt, Stan TV, State Theatre of South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, The Escapists, Sandpit, Sydney Opera House, Asia TOPA, Adelaide Festival, The Brisbane Festival, The Malthouse, Performance Space, Queensland Art Gallery, Melbourne Theatre Company, Belvoir Street and Windmill Theatre Co, where he is currently Resident Designer.