Choreolab

Choreolab is Chunky Move’s professional development workshop program. Run annually, a visiting guest artist or collective with significant experience working in dance or performance conduct a one to two week workshop for a group of local artists. Participation in the workshop is free for selected artists 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 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

Choreolab 2021

Dates and guest artists for Choreolab 2021 will be announced mid 2021