Complexity of Belonging

World Premiere Season:
06 – 25 October 2014

European Tour:
26 May – 6 June 2015

Taipei Season:
20 – 22 November 2015

New Zealand Season:
11 – 13 March 2016

A co-production between Chunky Move, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival and Théâtre National de Chaillot.

Behind the Scenes: meet the directors
Behind the Scenes: set design
Behind the Scenes: meet the performers

Creative Team:
Concept, Choreography & Direction:
Anouk van Dijk and Falk Richter
Falk Richter
Set Design:
Robert Cousins
Costume Design:
Mel Page
Lighting Design:
Niklas Pajanti
Malte Beckenbach
Nils Haarmann and Daniel Schlusser
Assistant Director:
Gary Abrahams
Choreographic Secondment:
Niharika Senapati

Joel BrayLauren LangloisAlya Manzart, Eloise Mignon,  Laura Jane Turner (New Zealand Festival season), James Vu Anh Pham, Stephen Phillips, Josh Price, Karen Sibbing and  Tara Jade Samaya

Photo credits:
Sarah Walker
Jeff Busby
Jean Couturier

Running time:
1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)

Attendance Information:
Recommended for 15 years and older
This production contains coarse language

Complexity of Belonging has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, Chunky Move, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Festival and Brisbane Festival.


Lauren Langlois won the 2014 Green Room Award for her performance in this work.

From a long-standing and critically lauded collaboration comes a daring, politically charged work from two of dance and theatre’s most unflinching makers.

Uniting the charged choreography and direction of Chunky Move Artistic Director, Anouk van Dijk and the text and direction of Falk Richter, Complexity of Belonging is the product of two masters at work.

A powerful, darkly humorous exploration of identity in the age of social media, Complexity of Belonging peers into the lives of nine interconnected individuals as they grapple with the question: how and where do I belong? Nationality, gender, sexuality and history collide and fragment on stage in this audacious, theatrical exposé into the daily trials of surviving in a hyper-connected, hyper-sensitive, globalised society.

Complexity of Belonging is a masterful take on contemporary theatre, seamlessly integrating text, movement and music to create a work of theatre that is in and of its time.

Chunky_move_logo_black  melbourne-festival-2014-logo MTC logobrisbane-festival black Chaillot logo noir

Supported by:

Goethe-Logo_WEB_horiz_black    logo schaubuhne berlin  acc_logo_strip_bw

Media Response

***** “Virtuosity and emotion grace the opening of SPRING festival” Theaterkrant (Utrecht, 2015)

**** “Chunky Move’s cast is incredibly talented: everyone can do everything, the frontier between actor and dancer disappears.” Volkskrant (Utrecht, 2015)

“Clever and funny… Chunky Move is a true discovery” Danser (Paris, 2015)

****½ “utterly unforgettable… Seriously, just go.” ArtsHub (Melbourne, 2014)

**** “pulsating and often heartrending choreography by Anouk van Dijk… Go.” Time Out (Melbourne, 2014)

“Very rarely do I connect so deeply with a choreographic theatre performance… stunning movements, witty dialogues and, heart-wrenching emotions” Peril (Melbourne, 2014)

“Word and movement are intricately intertwined… Deeply moving and frequently hilarious… A must see.” Australian Stage (Melbourne, 2014)

In the upcoming Taipei tour there will be pre-show talk 30 minutes before every performance, and a post show talk on 22 November.