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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Jun 23, 2000 1:07 pm ]
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Circus Oz are coming to Sadler's Wells for 3 weeks or so and Chunky Move with choreographer Gideon Obarzanek come to The Place for a couple of nights. <P>grace, Jennifer (and anyone else) - any thoughts as to whether these are 'maybe' or 'must see' events?

Author:  Michael Montgomery [ Sat Jun 24, 2000 3:27 am ]
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Hi Stuart! Missed you in London (and you too Kevin!) Had to compress weeks into days...<P>Gideon O was at ABS with me and has been doing his own "thing" with Chunky Moves for several years now. I haven't seen his work, but colleagues from Australia rave about him. He was always a great person and passionate about the dance - worth seeing.<BR>I remember Circus Oz as being original and excellent - must see.<P>PS. love the title as I'm sure will Grace... It would seem The Australians are not only coming to London, many are already there!<BR>(well someone's got to rescue British ballet)

Author:  grace [ Sat Jun 24, 2000 3:59 pm ]
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on that 'rescue' theme, i haven't seen it, but i believe the new york times take on kaiser's resignation was that 'now that he's rescued covent garden, he's coming home'!<P>anyway, back to your Q: <P>GIDEON OBARZANEK's CHUNKY MOVE IS A MUST-SEE!!!!!<P>and YES: I **AM** SHOUTING!!!!<P>whether you like it or not, will not be the point - as with forsythe or mark morris, gideon's is a talent you HAVE to know about, if you want to claim any familiarity with ballet today.<P>his first overseas commission was for netherlands dance theatre! - that was a few years ago now, but it's indicative that kylian himself recognised this young man's gift immediately. <P>to give you an idea of what to expect, when NDT1 were in perth last month, paul lightfoot's work seemed to me to be not unlike gideon's -although one never knows what to expect from him- both exhibit an in-your-face sort of attitude and a very quirky down-to-earth sense of humour - which can be confronting...and/or crowd-pleasing, especially for the young, and young at heart!<P>circus oz has always had a great reputation, so i can believe michael's endorsement, but i've never had the chance to see them. <P>if you have to choose one or the other: PLEASE see gideon! (sorry, michael! Image )

Author:  Michael Montgomery [ Sat Jun 24, 2000 4:59 pm ]
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That's exactly what I wanted you to say.<BR>But you see I haven't actually had the chance to see Gid's work; being on the other side of the planet, et al.<BR>I'll be honest, Gid was always a friend of mine and I trust in what I always felt.<P>Are you convinced Stuart?

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Jun 24, 2000 7:54 pm ]
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Michael said: <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><BR>Are you convinced Stuart?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I'm booking my seats to-morrow!<P>Re. the Chunky Move website - grace, is it compulsory for all Australian dance websites to be pink? I couldn't find any more than you did.<P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited June 24, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Jul 05, 2000 2:15 pm ]
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Donald Hutera reviews the Chunky Move double bill. He appreciated the first work much more than me. I agree with him about the second:<P> <BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P>

Author:  Azlan [ Wed Jul 05, 2000 3:45 pm ]
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Ooh, I like that juicy description of "All the Better to Eat You With," which sounds like a very twisted version of "Little Red Riding Hood."

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Oct 13, 2001 6:43 am ]
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[I copied Marie's post here]<P> Image <P>You can find out more about the work being presented at <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>BAM</A>, <I>Crumpled & Corrupted</I> on the company's website: <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>Chunky Move</A> <BR>Images, a <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>Quicktime video</B></A> and more!

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Oct 13, 2001 6:45 am ]
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[I moved Belinda's post here]<P>A feature in the NY Times:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>A Choreographer Makes the Most of the Awkward and Threatening<P>SUSAN REITER, NY Times<P>MELBOURNE, Australia -- GIVING his dance company the less than lyrical name Chunky Move and offering performances in such offbeat places as an abandoned shopping mall and a nightclub called Revolver are just some of the reasons Gideon Obarzanek has become a leading figure in Australian contemporary dance.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href= target=_blank>More</a>

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Oct 13, 2001 6:46 am ]
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A review:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Tangling and Untangling, It's Awkwardness as Art<P>JACK ANDERSON, NY Times<P>Chunky Move is a cheeky troupe. <P>This Australian modern-dance company from Melbourne brought blasts of choreographic excitement to the Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater on Wednesday night when it appeared as part of the 2001 Next Wave Festival.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href= target=_blank>More</a>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Oct 18, 2001 2:01 pm ]
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<B>Australians ride recovery wave in New York</B> <BR>By PHILLIP McCARTHY in The Age<P><BR>The days can be strange in New York now, but the Brooklyn Academy of Music's executive producer, Joe Melillo, had a particularly surreal one last week. On Wednesday evening he had Chunky Move, the Melbourne dance troupe, opening its Next Wave Down Under season. But he spent the morning at City Hall in Manhattan finding out that the city's new fiscal crisis would mean a 15 per cent cut to his grant money. <P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>

Author:  Azlan [ Tue Oct 30, 2001 7:23 am ]
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The view from Tobi Tobias:<P><a href= target=_blank>Wizards of Oz</a><BR>Chunky Move and Australian Dance Theatre bring the standard postmodern flash up from Down Under; a different Drumming in Brooklyn.<BR>TOBI TOBIAS, New York Magazine

Author:  Misa_danseuse [ Tue May 14, 2002 10:04 am ]
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In the Australian:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Chunky Move's marketing and development manager is seated at her desk, which has been installed centre-stage in the company's rehearsal studio. She is reading to the dancers from a report on her laptop. Their bodies obey her words, contorting in an erotic tableau as lush strings swell from a speaker at Soong's left, drowning out the soft click of her fingers on the keyboard.<P>Male dancers waiting in the wings stare – agog – until they can no longer resist the feminine charms and are drawn, like sailors to Circe, across the stage to fondle and caress the objects of their desire. Just as The Australian's Melbourne arts correspondent is herself becoming a little hot under the collar, Chunky Move artistic director Gideon Obarzanek calls a break. "Good, that's getting close to what I want," he says.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF=",5744,4286721%255E16953,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Click for More</B></A>

Author:  djb [ Tue May 14, 2002 1:52 pm ]
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I love the concept of this ballet. I wish I could see it.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Jun 01, 2002 1:19 am ]
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<B>Australian audience poll creates dance</B> <BR>By Anita Kazmierczak on the BBC website<P><BR>An Australian dance company has based its latest work on the results of a poll of dance lovers.<P>The Chunky Move company said it was trying to create the country's "most wanted" dance work. <P>In true democratic fashion, Chunky Move asked nearly 3,000 members of the dance-going public what they would most like to see in a dance work. <P>Unsurprisingly, most men wanted to see women dancing seductively in skimpy clothes, while women wanted to see expressive moment in modest costumes.<P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>

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