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Director of Chunky Move steps down

Posted on January 28, 2011

Gideon Obarzanek, founder and director of Australian dance company Chunky Move, will step down in 2011 to pursue freelance projects.

For 2011, Obarzanek will continue to work on touring productions, handing over to a new artistic director at the beginning of 2012. He said: “Dance has been such an inspiring art for for me and it is my hope that Chunky Move continues to reinvent and push the boundaries of what dance can be within our ever-evolving contemporary culture.”

Founded in 1995, Chunky Move is now Victoria’s flagship dance company, with an international profile and frequent performances overseas. Last year, the company appeared at the Luminato Festival in Toronto and at the Venice Biennale, and will perform in New York, the Middle East, Korea and Barcelona this year. The post of artistic director will be advertised shortly.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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