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 2024

Mythic bodies [Ghosts, banshees and deities]

Hosted annually by established guest artists from the Asia Pacific region, Choreolab is Chunky Move’s professional development workshop program. This Choreolab will be held from 5-9 February 2024 and hosted by Chunky Move’s current Choreographer in Residence, Melanie Lane.

Melanie shares her ongoing exploration of the mythic body, conjuring strategies for the material and immaterial, enchantment and magic. Interested in speculative fiction as a mode for generating new choreographic languages, Melanie offers a space to embrace the uncanny and supernatural as a state of resistance, reflection and transformation.

Drawing from past and current works in development, the lab will begin with daily practice incorporating Melanie’s physical tools and principles followed by sharing choreographic processes, exploration and composition.

Choreolab is supported by Australia Council of the Arts, Chunky Move, and Victorian College of the Arts. 

Workshop Dates
5 – 9 February 2024

EOIs close 10 December, 11:59pm

Register here

Choreolab is being delivered in partnership with the Victorian College of the Arts (Dance), Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.

Choreolab 2023

Δ (Change from Aotearoa)

The 2023 edition of Choreolab will be held 22–24 March as part of FRAME: A Biennial of Dance, and is presented as part of Δ (Change From Aotearoa), a bilateral project curated by Jonathan Homsey and Efren Pamilacan that centres Street Dance.

Choreolab 2023: Δ (Change from Aotearoa) features three of Aotearoa’s (New Zealand) leading dance innovators grounded in Vogue, Waving, Creature Movement work and World-Building: Jahra Wasasala, Ooshcon and Jaycee Iman. Each artist will share their practice and spectrum of techniques rooted in various Street Dance techniques and Ballroom Dance foundations to develop Creature Movement studies and build choreographic worlds.

Through Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (Pacific) modes of storytelling and talanoa (exchange), Jahra, Ooshcon and Jaycee anchor a web of physical connections, empowering a diverse ecology of aesthetics, and expanding movement potentials.

Participants in Choreolab 2023: Δ (Change from Aotearoa) are invited to perform on Saturday 25 March at Dancehouse as part of Δ (Change from Aotearoa): Archipelago, a durational performance to the sounds of acclaimed music artists live from Basement Theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).

Workshop dates
Tuesday 22–Thursday 24 March

Chunky Move Studios
EOIs have now closed

Public performance
Saturday 25 March, 7pm–10pm
Ticketed, $15–$30
Book here

Experience the work generated through the workshops at Δ (Change from Aotearoa): Archipelago a durational performance held on Saturday 25 March at Dancehouse to the sounds of acclaimed music artists live from Basement Theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). Click here to book.

Presented by Chunky Move as part of FRAME: A biennial of dance.

Δ (Change from Aotearoa) is supported by the Australia Council of the Arts, Chunky Move, Dancehouse, and Basement Theatre.

Photo by Holly Burgess

Choreolab 2022


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.

Applications are now closed for the 2022 Choreolab opportunity, however Dalisa and Rachael will be presenting a free lecture on Marrugeku’s approach at 5:00pm on Fri 15 July. RSVP here.

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.

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


Choreolab 2022 with Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain

Dates: 14–16 July 2022

Marrugeku Lecture: 5:00pm, Friday 15 July
RSVP here

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