In ANTI—GRAVITY, Chunky Move Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk joins forces with internationally renowned multimedia artist Ho Tzu Nyen to explore the role of clouds as ethereal influences that disturb or heighten human existence.

Using Ho Tzu Nyen’s extensive research as a provocation for a dance work, ANTI—GRAVITY confronts gravity-bound bodies with the ephemeral, ever-changing cloud. Performers transform from celestial creatures to terrestrial warriors. As the clouds swell and dissipate, bodies are caught between monolithic stillness and fleeting elevation, becoming the vessels of our own imagination.

Uniting the refined, highly physical choreography of Anouk van Dijk and the meticulous aesthetic of Ho Tzu Nyen, ANTI—GRAVITY is an immersive performance, an evocative world inhabited by six extraordinary dancers in various depths of control and abandon.

"THE THEATRICAL INGENUITY OF THE WORK, AND THE PERFORMERS’ EXECUTION OF DEMANDING CHOREOGRAPHIC SEQUENCES...EXTEND BEYOND THE CAPABILITIES OF MOST PROFESSIONAL DANCERS"
— Time Out
"FEARLESSLY COMPLEX AND VISUALLY ARRESTING"
— The Music

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

ANTI—GRAVITY is supported by the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA. Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments. Chunky Move is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Key Image: Pippa Samaya. Image Treatment M. Giesser. Background Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Gérard Blot

Partners

CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY & DIRECTION /

Anouk Van Dijk

CO-CREATOR & CONCEPT /

Ho Tzu Nyen

VISUAL DESIGN /

Ho Tzu Nyen, Paul Jackson, Anouk van Dijk

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Paul Jackson

COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN /

Jethro Woodward

COSTUME DESIGN /

Harriet Oxley

PERFORMED BY /

James Batchelor, Marlo Benjamin, Sarah Ronnie Bruce, Tara Jade Samaya, Niharika Senapati & Luigi Vescio

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 7.30pm, Fri 17 Mar
POST SHOW Q&A 9pm, Wed 22 Mar

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

70 minutes (no interval)

WARNINGS /

Contains nudity, use of smoke, haze and excessive subsonic sound.