The Company

Chunky Move constantly seeks to redefine what 
is or what can be contemporary dance in an ever-evolving Australian culture. Our work is diverse in form and content encompassing productions for the stage, site specific, new-media and installation work.

Led by internationally acclaimed Choreographer Anouk van Dijk, the Company’s multi-tiered programming initiatives nurture and underpin a strong and vibrant dance culture in our home city of Melbourne and create critically acclaimed and popular productions of scale for presentations nationally and internationally.

Using contemporary Australian culture, social commentary and the tension between community and the individual as its springboard, Chunky Move’s artistic vision is driven by an investigation into the multifaceted possibilities of the body and its relationship to place, context and environment. We are defined by our unpredictability and strive to explore the many possibilities of contemporary dance through cross-genre collaborations and cultural exchange.

Founded by Artistic Director Gideon Obarzanek in 1995 as the state of Victoria’s flagship contemporary dance company, Chunky Move, under Obarzanek’s leadership, established itself as one of the country’s most innovative, awarded and internationally recognised performing arts companies. Since its inception, Chunky Move has operated under a model of creative porosity – a flow of creative people and ideas moving in and out of the Company – and is therefore one of the few leading dance companies in Australia not operating under an ensemble model.

In addition to our main stage performance activity, Chunky Move offers an extensive program of performer and choreographic development initiatives including our celebrated Next Move program, which commissions a new work by an independent choreographer each year.

Chunky Move is based in our purpose built dance studios in Southbank. Our building, situated in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct, was designed by award-winning architects Wood Marsh and is one of the most distinctive and recognisable buildings on the Melbourne landscape.


Anouk van Dijk 
Artistic Director & CEO 
info @

Hillary Coyne
Company Producer
hillary @

Pauline Robert
Marketing & Development Manager
pauline @

Michael Carr
Production & Operations Manager 
michael @

Anne MacDonald
Finance Administrator
finance @


Margaret Selby
North American & Asian Representative
CAMI Spectrum LLC

Vanessa Pigrum 
Executive Director 
vanessa @

Benjamin Ryan
Office & Program Coordinator 
ben @

Caroline Scales
Marketing & Public Programs Coordinator
caroline @

Victoria Woolley
Production & Operations Coordinator
victoria @

Jo Lloyd
Class Coordinator
classes @


Leigh O’NeillChair

Jeremy Blackshaw

Michelle Brooks

Anouk van Dijk, Artistic Director/CEO

Sue Donnelly

Rhod Ellis-Jones

Rose Hiscock

Jeff Khan

Roger Poole

Sean Jameson

Studio Hire

The Chunky Move Studios are Melbourne’s premiere, purpose built dance studios. They feature large, usable spaces, sprung floors, high bay lighting, daylight from skylights, versatile power facilities, building amenities and security.

Chunky Move holds rehearsals, dance classes and performances in the two studios.

The studios are also a versatile and attractive venue for:

  • Corporate Events – workshops and classes;
  • Performance Rehearsals – dance and theatre; and
  • One-off Workshops & Classes – dance, theatre and yoga

For more information on our studios, download the technical specifications.

For all enquiries regarding studio hire rates and availability, please contact Benjamin Ryan, Office & Program Coordinator at ben @ and download the Booking Enquiry Form.