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ANTI—GRAVITY

World Premiere
ANTI—GRAVITY
17–26 March
Merlyn Theatre, Melbourne

A Chunky Move work. Presented by Malthouse Theatre and Chunky Move in association with Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts and Dance Massive.

ANTI—GRAVITY program

Concept, Choreography & Direction
Anouk van Dijk
Co-creator & Concept
Ho Tzu Nyen
Visual Design
Ho Tzu Nyen, Paul Jackson, Anouk van Dijk
Lighting Design
Paul Jackson
Composition & Sound Design
Jethro Woodward
Costume Design
Harriet Oxley
Performed by
James Batchelor
Marlo Benjamin
Sarah Ronnie Bruce
Tara Jade Samaya
Niharika Senapati
Luigi Vescio

Image credits
Pippa Samaya

Hero Image
Key Image Photography Pippa Samaya
Image Treatment M. Giesser
Background Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Gérard Blot

ANTI GRAVITY  is supported by the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA.  

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Government. 

Chunky Move is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

In ANTIGRAVITY, Chunky Move Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk joins forces with internationally renowned multimedia artist Ho Tzu Nyen to explore the role of clouds as ethereal influences that disturb or heighten human existence.

Using Ho Tzu Nyen’s extensive research as a provocation for a dance work, ANTI—GRAVITY confronts gravity-bound bodies with the ephemeral, ever-changing cloud. Performers transform from celestial creatures to terrestrial warriors. As the clouds swell and dissipate, bodies are caught between monolithic stillness and fleeting elevation, becoming the vessels of our own imagination.

Uniting the refined, highly physical choreography of Anouk van Dijk and the meticulous aesthetic of Ho Tzu Nyen, ANTIGRAVITY is an immersive performance, an evocative world inhabited by six extraordinary dancers in various depths of control and abandon.

 

Media response

“The theatrical ingenuity of the work, and the performers’ execution of demanding choreographic sequences [..] extend beyond the capabilities of most professional dancers”  **** Time Out 

“Fearlessly complex and visually arresting”  **** The Music 

 ”Visually and aurally mesmerizing” Australian Stage

 “The dancers demonstrate tremendous discipline, innate musicality, and physical dexterity”  Theatre People