FRAME: A biennial of dance

FRAME: A biennial of dance is a new festival to be held in Melbourne and surrounds throughout March 2023.

The inaugural FRAME program is an invitation to celebrate and connect; to assemble, discuss, participate and witness dance across cultures, forms, styles and disciplines.

Chunky Move are pleased to be presenting programs as part of the festival, including the next iterations of Activators and Choreolab.


Harrison Ritchie-Jones



World Premiere
Saturday 11 March 2023, 7:30pm
Chunky Move Studios

Free, limited capacity, registration essential.
Register here

Creative Team
Choreography: Harrison Ritchie-Jones
Performance: Harrison Ritchie-Jones and Michaela Tancheff
Cinematographer: Alex Walton
Sound/Composition: Nicolas Roder and Max Dowling
Voice Sound Design: Robert Downie

This performance is a standing event. Priority seating will be available for audience members with access requirements. Please advise of access requirements at time of booking.

This performance contains adult themes, coarse language, some nudity and haze.

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

Chunky Move is supported by Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts.

This project was supported by Lucy Guerin Inc through a studio residency at WXYZ Studios and through Arts Merri-bek.

Photo by Alex Walton

Put the Money in the Bag if you want to dance.

Partners in crime raise the stakes and go all out on a dance heist, bigger than ever before. The window is short and the road is dangerous; will they make it out alive?

In CUDDLE, Chunky Move dancers (Token Armies and 4/4) and independent artists, Harrison Ritchie-Jones and Michaela Tancheff, expertly explore and subvert expectations around intimacy.

Circled around the space like spectators at a wrestling match, the audience witness a difficult, dynamic duel that’s full of surreal sonic and visual surprises.

Read the full the program details on the FRAME website.

Choreolab 2023

Δ (Change from Aotearoa)

Workshop dates
Tuesday 22–Thursday 24 March
Chunky Move Studios
EOIs have now closed
Public performance
Saturday 25 March, 7pm–10pm
Ticketed, $15–$30

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

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).

Activators 10

TADRA, and other visions
Jahra Wasasala in collaboration with Henry Lai-Pyne and Olivia Luki (Spewer)

Residency at Chunky Move
Monday 27–Friday 31 March 2023

Public Presentation
Friday 31 March 2023, 6:00pm–7:00pm
Chunky Move studios

Free, limited capacity, registration essential.
Register here

Creative Team
Created by: Jahra Wasasala in collaboration Henry Lai-Pyne and Oliva Luki (Spewer)

This event may contain smoke effects, haze and loud music.

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

Activators 10: TADRA, and other visions was commissioned as part of Chunky Move’s Activators program. Presented by Chunky Move as part of FRAME: A biennial of dance.

Activators is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

Photo by Jocelyn Janon

Visions, nightmares and sinking worlds; a one-off showing by some of Aotearoa’s and Naarm’s most exciting contemporary artists.

For Activators 10, Chunky Move is excited to work with Aotearoa (New Zealand)-based Jahra Wasasala, Fijian world-builder, movement psychopomp and writer. Jahra will be working in collaboration and presenting with Naarm-based artist Henry Lai-Pyne and Aotearoa-based artist Oliva Luki (Spewer).

Jahra, along with their collaborators will undertake a residency at Chunky Move studios, culminating in a one-off public showing as part of FRAME: a biennial of dance.

Morning Classes

Morning Classes in March
Monday–Friday 9:30am–11am
Saturday 9:30am–11am & 11:30am–1pm
Chunky Move Studios

Free, bookings essential.
Book here

Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti

As part of the company’s program contributions to the inaugural FRAME, all morning classes between 1 – 31 March are free for the month!

Chunky Move’s Morning Class Program runs 6 days a week featuring Contemporary OPEN and BEGINNER classes.

All of our Classes are taught by Chunky Move artists who are experienced professional dancers and teachers working within Melbourne’s esteemed contemporary dance community.

Open classes: Recommended for intermediate to professional level dancers as well as people who regularly attend dance classes.

Beginner classes: Suitable for people with little to no dance experience.

Countertechnique: A sophisticated system of movement training, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.

Please note: To reserve your spot, please book ahead of class. There will be a few places available for drop-ins each day, but once capacity is reached (35pax) we will need to turn people away. Any latecomers will forfeit their reservations and may miss out.

End FRAME Closing Party

Chunky Move is delighted to extend an invitation to all FRAME artists, audiences, and friends to join us in celebrating the conclusion of the inaugural festival, which featured an array of incredible dance performances, screenings, workshops, classes and more throughout the month of March.

From 9.30pm (weather permitting) the party will move to the Malthouse Outdoor Stage / Ngargee Courtyard.

Come celebrate with complimentary drinks and jam to the beats of our special guest DJ!