Choreolab

Hosted annually by established guest artists from the Asia Pacific region, Choreolab is Chunky Move’s professional development workshop program. Participation in the workshop is free for selected artists who can register their interest via an EOI process.

Choreolab offers local artists valuable insights into the creative practices of established choreographers and performance based practitioners. Choreolab was an element of the company’s artistic program from early 2000 and was reinstated in 2020 in partnership with Asia TOPAfeaturing guest artists Contact Gonzo (Japan). 

Choreolab 2022

Marrugeku

Chunky Move are pleased to announce acclaimed artists and Co-Artistic Directors of Marrugeku, Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain are guest artists and facilitators for Choreolab 2022.

For Choreolab 2022, Marrugeku will host a series of workshops that share core cultural and choreographic processes that underpin their approach to intercultural contemporary dance theatre and cultural and dance dramaturgy. Selected participants will work through devising processes and shaping and structuring material facilitated by Marrugeku’s Co-Artistic Directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain.

“We will co-facilitate the workshop from our 27 years of shared practice and equally from our distinct roles; Dalisa as a Yawuru/Bardi and Malaysian and Filipino dancer and choreographer and Rachael as an Anglo settler immigrant director and dramaturg. Together we will use the workshop to explore the capacities of intercultural dance theatre to produce expressions of the uncanny through embodying social, cultural, personal and interspecies expression to develop new approaches to gestural dance theatre, drawn from the participants’ own movements, stories, cultural backgrounds and experiences.”  – Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain

Choreolab with Marrugeku is open to dancers of all backgrounds, physical theatre performers and actors interested in improvisational movement processes to generate performance.

Applications are now closed for Choreolab 2022.

If you have any further questions about Choreolab 2022, please contact info@chunkymove.com.au or call 03 9645 5188 during business hours.

 

Choreolab 2022 with Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain

Dates: Coming in 2022, revised dates TBC

Choreolab with Marrugeku is generously supported by the Besen Family Foundation.

Choreolab 2020

Contact Gonzo (Osaka, Japan) 

Contact Gonzo has a unique type of performance that involves constant physical contact in forms that sometimes look like street fighting and sometimes dance. The places they perform are equally unique including parks, on the streets, in woods, in nuclear shelters or underground malls. Their form of improvisational performance grew out of experiments using techniques of the “contact improvisation” style and the Systema style, which is often referred to as a Russian style of Aikido. 

Choreolab 2020 engaged participants in Contact Gonzo’s powerfully balanced elements of performance art, street fighting and dance. Calling on extreme physical resilience, durability, agility and trust within the group, the workshop concluded with a public outcome for participants, together with the members of Contact Gonzo at NGV International as part of Asia TOPA’s public program.  

Choreolab 2020 dates: 17 – 22 Feb 2020 
Presentation date:  22 February 2020,
NGV International, Federation Court, Melbourne

Presented in partnership with Asia TOPA and the National Gallery of Victoria

Photo by Kristina Arnott

Photo by Kristina Arnott

Photo by Kristina Arnott

Photo by Kristina Arnott

Photo by Kristina Arnott