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.
Madeleine trained at QL2 Dance in Canberra before commencing at the Victorian College of the Arts where she graduated in 2020. Throughout her studies she was the recipient of the New Colombo Plan grant which allowed her to develop a solo work in Beijing, China, and also the Choreographic Award in her final year. In 2020 she completed an internship with Chunky Move on the development of a new work, and in 2021 performed with QL2 at the National Portrait Gallery.
Rachel is a Melbourne-based performer. Rachel began her dance career in 2011, performing in Stephanie Lake and Robin Fox’s A Giant Theremin. She has gone on to perform in works by Antony Hamilton (Blood & Bone, Melbourne International Arts Festival 2012; Nyx, Melbourne International Arts Festival 2015), Keith Deverell and Shelley Lasica (Grace Note #5, Sugar Mountain Festival 2013), Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken (Overworld, Next Wave Festival 2014; Dance Massive 2015), and Melanie Lane (XO Space’s DARK program, Asia TOPA 2017). Rachel trained at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and The Victorian College of the Arts.
Marni was born in Wollongong, NSW where she began her dance training at a young age. Having initially trained as a ballet dancer, in 2016 Marni studied at Queensland Ballet’s Senior Program before attending Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year Course under the direction of Linda Gamblin in 2017, followed by Tr.IPP (Transit International Professional Pathway) in 2018 under the direction of Israel Aloni. Marni has worked with artists including Stephanie Lake, Israel Aloni and Lee Brummer, and Chunky Move. Marni is currently based in Melbourne as a freelance dancer.
Antony 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).
After first competing as an international ranking gymnast, Samuel began training in Ballet and over the course of his training has studied with The Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Rambert Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre and many more. Samuel has worked with a range of Australian and international artists/companies including Daniel Jaber and Dancers, Phillip Adams BalletLab, Melanie Lane, Prue Lang, STRUT DANCE and many others. Most recently, Samuel has created a series of solo works that value Neurodiversity within artistic practise, including GIRLKING and new work in development, AAA.
Summer is an emerging dance artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. Summer graduated from VCA, University of Melbourne in 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Dance), completing her degree with an internship with Chunky Move. In 2019 Summer performed in Die Angle’s Dark Points for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, later presented as a short film by Hiball Productions at NZ Tempo Dance Festival. Summer represented the University of Melbourne at the International Dance Festival in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, participated in workshops at Centre National de la Danse, Montpellier Dance Festival and Coline (France). Summer was awarded the Norma De Gruchy Award (2019) and the AG McMillen Arts Trust Scholarship (2018).
Born and raised in Torino, Italy, Chiara is a Melbourne-based composer, DJ and musician. Classically trained in piano in Italy and later exposed to electronic music after moving to Melbourne in 2004, Chiara has since moved into a well-respected position in the Melbourne Techno movement through her dedication to a refined DJing technique and production of electronic music. Chiara’s work ranges across composing and producing music and sound design for film and commercials, creating electronic music for live performance, composing soundscapes for immersive environments and art installations, and the experimental use of field recordings with analogue and digital synthesis.
Melanie is a choreographer and performer who has worked with various companies and artists such as Kobalt Works, Arco Renz (B), Tino Seghal (G), Antony Hamilton (AUS) and Lucy Guerin (AUS), performing world wide. In 2015, Melanie was appointed resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc. She has created new works for Chunky Move, DanceNorth, Australasian Dance Collective, Schauspiel Leipzig, Nagelhus Schia Productions, Sydney Dance Company and choreographed for English National Opera’s ‘Salome’ directed by Adena Jacobs. Melanie’s independent choreographic works have been presented at festivals and venues such as Sydney Opera House, Tanz im August, Uzes Danse Festival, Indonesian Dance Festival, Arts House Melbourne, O Espaco do Tempo, Festival Antigel, Dance Massive and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin. Melanie choreographed the 2015 and 2017 live shows for UK electronic musician Clark, performing at over 30 international venues and festivals including Moma PS1 New York, Villette Sonique Paris, Funkhaus Berlin and Sonar Festivals in Barcelona/Istanbul. Melanie has received both Helpmann and Green Room Award nominations and received the Leipziger Bewegungskunstpreis 2018 and the Keir Choreographic Award 2018 for her choreographic work.
Cody 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.
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Callum’s art practice has consistently addressed the ‘architecture of experience’ – the moment of encounter between viewer and object, or viewer and built environment. From exclusive modernist homes, to the architecture of the theme park and the abandoned shopping strip, Morton recasts these forms in strange and often uncomfortable ways in entirely new contexts. Morton’s work is held in important Australian and international public collections including Art Gallery of New South Wales; National Gallery of Victoria; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Museum of Old and New; National Gallery of Australia; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand; and Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples. Callum is Professor of Fine Art in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University.
Kris is an Australian-born director and producer and founder of KMOYES PICTURES. He is perhaps best known for his innovative music videos. He has created music videos for Architecture in Helsinki, Birds of Tokyo, Franz Ferdinand, Grizzly Bear, Hercules and Love Affair, Sia, Tokio Hotel, and The Presets, amongst many others.
Ren is a proud First Nations dancer and choreographer born and raised in Kaurna land (Adelaide, South Australia), before moving to Naarm in 2017. He is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. He has already had many successes as a professional artist, including winning the Dance Architect Award which resulted in the presentation of his work Echoes of Purity. He has worked as a dancer in Token Armies by Chunky Move, Colossus by Stephanie Lake Company and MONUMENTAL by Amrita Hepi. Ren is passionate about sharing in the essence of being through his own artistic practice, continuously expanding states that can be experienced individually and within collective energetic exchange.
Bosco works primarily as a Lighting and Set Designer. His interest is in work that involves bodies and movement, how light feeds and influences the performing space and collaborations that propose alternate light sources and means. In 2016 he co-founded ADDITIVE, a collaborative lighting design company. He is also the recipient of 3 Green Room awards for visual design. Projects include; Antony Hamilton – Meeting. Tim Darbyshire – Stampede the Stampede. Dance North – Attractor. Chunky Move – It Cannot Be Stopped, Token Armies. Matthew Sleeth – A Drone Opera. Stephanie Lake – Double Blind, Replica, Colossus. Luke George – Erotic Dance. Chamber Made Opera – Permission to Speak, Between 8 and 9, Asia TOPA – XO State, Nick Power – Between Tiny Cities, Mel Lane – Nightdance, Mona Foma – Faux Mo 2018/2019/2020, Dark Mofo – Night Mass 2018, Alex Harrison/Paea Leach – The Difficult Comedown.