adjective (chunk¬∑i¬∑er, chunk¬∑i¬∑est): ample, bodied, compact, fleshy, irregular, loaded, muscular, rotund, solid, stocky…
¬†How would you define it?
Artistic Director of¬†Chunky Move (Australia’s powerhouse modern dance company),¬†Gideon Obarzanek, has¬†spent a lot of time thinking about this question. He says:¬†‚ÄúMy movement, my choreography, hasn‚Äôt really been about the beauty of the human condition or the ennoblement of the body, which a lot of dance performance is like. The word ‘chunky’¬†came up because of the type of rough movement that we‚Äôre known for, particularly when we began. And it was a big move for us to start a company, so ‘Chunky Move,’ that‚Äôs what we came up with and it stuck.‚ÄĚ
Founded by Obarzanek in 1995, Chunky Move has earned an enviable reputation for producing an innovative and unpredictable brand of genre-defying dance.¬†The company has created work that is for the stage, site specific, media-driven, and installation-based. Known for pieces¬†that immerse dancers in an illusory world of motion tracking and projection technology¬†(such as¬†GLOW), Chunky Move takes a bold leap with their newest work¬†Connected, side-stepping the use of the digital technology in favor of pure mechanics.
Reuben Margolin,¬†a sculpture artist, met Obarzanek in 2009 while they were presenting our work at Poptech. Says Margolin: “He was talking about dance. I was talking about waves. We both talked about movement. I immediately¬†loved his work and felt that he was reaching deep into a realm of meaning to create his¬†dance pieces. And I was simply struck by how dynamic and expressive the human figure can be. We struck up a conversation about how to do a collaboration combining kinetic sculpture and dancers. Rather than simply having the sculpture overhead and the dancers below, we both wanted to do something more challenging, and to somehow have the sculpture reflect the movement of the dancers.”