Gideon Obarzanek

Founding Artistic Director

Gideon is an Australian choreographer and former Artistic Director of Chunky Move, which he formed in 1995.

Gideon first became interested in dance towards the end of high school and after graduating deferred science at university to study at the Australian Ballet School. He later danced with the Queensland Ballet and the Sydney Dance Company before working as an independent performer and choreographer with various dance companies including the Netherlands Dance Theatre and independent projects within Australia and abroad.

Gideon founded Chunky Move in 1995 and led the company as Artistic Director until June 2012. His works have been diverse in form and content – stage productions, installations, site-specific works and film – and have been performed in many festivals and theatres around the world in the U.K, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

His film, Dance Like Your Old Man, co-directed with Edwina Throsby won best short documentary at the 2007 Melbourne International Film Festival, 2008 Flickerfest International Film Festival and the 2008 Cinedans Film Festival in Amsterstam. In collaboration with Lucy Guerin and Michael Kantor, Gideon has also received a New York Bessie award for outstanding choreography and creation for Chunky Move’s production of Tense Dave (2003). In 2008, he received two Australian Helpmann Awards for Glow (2006) and Mortal Engine (2008).

In 2012, Gideon created a new work, There’s Definitely a Prince involved, for the Australian Ballet’s fiftieth anniversary season and was also Associate Artist of the Sydney Theatre Company. He wrote and directed a new play, Dance Better At Parties for their 2013 season.With filmmaker, Mathew Bate, Gideon will also co-direct a documentary  film of the same work to premier at the Adelaide Film Festival and broadcast on ABC Television.

Most recently, Gideon was awarded a prestigious Creative Australia Fellowship to further research with other film, dance and theatre makers, new works that would be simultaneously created for both stage and screen.

To view a list of Gideon Obarzanek’s works with Chunky Move, visit the Production History page.