Chunky Move | Next Move 11

Joel Bray. Photo by Pia Johnson

Chunky Move Presents Next Move 11

A Dystopian Double Bill Investigating the Self

Melbourne, innovative contemporary dance company Chunky Move invites audiences into two surrealist worlds with Next Move 11, featuring new works by acclaimed dancers and emerging choreographers Lauren Langlois and Joel Bray, this November 9-17.

This is the 11th season of the company’s Next Move creative program.

Through two distinct collaborative pieces, Lauren and Joel’s non-linear yet looping narratives let the body become a site of investigation into the self, memory, and imagination.

In an absurd vision of a future that’s hurtling towards us, Lauren Langlois and James Vu Anh Pham (An Act of Now, Depth of Field, Complexity of Belonging), present physicality as the last frontier of what it means to be human. Through a hybrid of contemporary dance and physical theatre, Nether lures audiences into an exhilarating visceral labyrinth, where the metahuman, memory, and technological obsessions collide.

Lauren Langlois. Photo Pia Johnson

Lauren Langlois first joined Chunky Move to collaborate with choreographer Antony Hamilton on his work Keep Everything (2012), commissioned as part of the Next Move program in 2012. Since then, she has performed in Anouk van Dijk’s productions LUCID (2016), Complexity of Belonging (2014), 247 Days (2013) and An Act of Now (2012).

A collision of rituals, Dharawungara by Joel Bray reimagines the theatre as a ceremonial ground of light and sound, as he explores how to breathe life into this Wiradjuri rite he has only ever read about. Songwoman Naretha Williams will join Bray with driving beats as they question the connection between rites-of-passage, healing and wholeness.

Joel is an ongoing performer with Chunky Move and has performed and toured in Complexity of Belonging (2014), and with Anouk van Dijk and Falk Richter in Safe Places (2016) at the Frankfurt Schauspielhaus. Joel’s career has spanned across France, Portugal and Israel with Jean-Claude Gallotta, Company CeDeCe, Kolben Dance, Machol Shalem Dance House, Yoram Karmi’s FRESCO Dance Company, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor and Roy Assaf.

Chunky Move has commissioned, produced and presented 10 new works by young makers through the Next Move program, including Mermermer (2016) by Jo Lloyd with Nicola Gunn, Miss Universal (2015) by Atlanta Eke, AORTA (2013) by Stephanie Lake and Keep Everything (2012) by Anthony Hamilton.



Chunky Move Studios, 111 Sturt St, Southbank
November 9 – 17
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