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Anouk van Dijk is a Dutch choreographer, artistic director, dancer and the creator behind the movement system Countertechnique. She has been the Artistic Director of Australia’s leading contemporary dance company Chunky Move from 2012 - 2018. From architectural grandeur to stripped back minimalism, from spectacle to intimacy, Anouk stages her works in a wide range of settings, varying from black box theatre, to large proscenium stages, to site-specific works, positioning the fragile yet feisty human figure in an unstable, ever-changing world. In 2012 she was awarded the Golden Swan, the Netherlands most prestigious dance accolade – in recognition of her outstanding artistic and academic contribution to dance in her home country. Her movement methodology Countertechnique has become known worldwide.

Since the start of her career, alongside her work as dancer, Van Dijk has been interested in creating. Before relocating to Australia, Van Dijk had an extensive career in Europe, touring worldwide with her Dutch company anoukvandijk dc from Festival d’Avignon to Dance Triennale Tokyo to Festival TransAmériques. Van Dijk’s long collaborative partnership with German writer and director Falk Richter has resulted in the creation of six critically acclaimed productions such as TRUST (2009) and Complexity of Belonging (2014). Her interest in site-specific work has taken her dancers from the Ship Yards in Amsterdam to the iconic Sydney Myer Music Bowl and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

In 2012, Van Dijk premiered An Act of Now, her debut work for Chunky Move, and the production went on to win The Age Critics’ Award for best new Australian work during the Melbourne Festival. For the Company she has since created twelve full-evening and shorter works, including three collaborative works: Complexity of Belonging (2014) with German writer/director with Falk Richter, Anti—Gravity (2017) with Singaporean visual artist Ho Tzu Nyen and the film installation work TRACES (2019) with American/Australian artist Ian Strange.

During her tenure as Chunky Move’s Artistic Director, Van Dijk commissioned thirteen Australian dance makers to create work for the Company, and initiated professional development opportunities such as the appointment of an Artistic Associate, the Assistant Choreographer program and skills development programs for professional dancers, dance students and teenagers.

In 2018 Van Dijk created and curated Accumulation for the National Gallery of Victoria, a large-scale immersive work for 30 dancers, which took place in the evocative installations of the NGV Art & Design Triennial, followed by her final work for Chunky Move, Common Ground, featuring two of Australia’s most iconic dancers, Tara Jade Samaya and Richard Cilli.

After eight fruitful years as Artistic Director of Chunky Move, Anouk van Dijk has decided to leave the company to concentrate on her international career. Since 2019 she has been creating works for larger ensembles and a selection of her works are now available for re-staging, or can be reimagined for larger casts. In her position as Founding Artistic Director of Countertechnique, Van Dijk is extending opportunities for dance artists to implement Countertechnique in their daily practice.

In February 2019, Anouk’s first international commission, Distant Matter, premiered at the Komische Oper for Staatsballett Berlin, followed by TOUCH, the seventh collaboration with writer/director Falk Richter for the Münich Kammerspiele premiered in October 2020. Out Of The Blue, a new creation for Skånes Dansteater in collaboration with Malmö Opera and Symphony Orchestra, will premiere in December 2021.

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Countertechnique
Central to the foundation of Anouk van Dijk’s artistic work and the training of her dancers has been Countertechnique, the movement system she developed to provide dancers with applied tools for a versatile dance practice in the 21st century.

Countertechnique helps dancers in training, rehearsal and performance – focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. It offers dancers a wide range of practical understandings of their bodies and minds, and offers clear strategies how to work with more efficiency and agency in the dance studio and on stage.

The principles of Countertechnique can also be applied in other contemporary dance forms, as well as in various dance styles and training methods, such as ballet, Gaga, hiphop, partnering, Yoga, Pilates, running and swimming. In 2008, Van Dijk initiated the first, biennial Countertechnique Teachers Training (CTTT) program. Currently, Countertechnique has 31 certified teachers around the world and the method holds a prominent place in the publication Dance Techniques 2010, co-written by Prof. Dr. Gerald Siegmund and Anouk van Dijk.

Anouk van Dijk shares her approach to movement, Countertechnique, with dancers all over the world, in the form of company classes, workshops, Master Classes and the annual One Body One Career Countertechnique Intensive (OBOC), organised in Europe, Australia and North America. Van Dijk has trained all 35 teachers to date. They bring Countertechnique to curriculums of universities, dance companies and open studios around the world, as well as use the methodology in reference to their own artistic practice.

Anouk van Dijk is considered an expert in dance and performance practice, as an educator and choreographer, and is a well sought-after guest lecturer and artist. She has become well known for her rigorous and integrated approach to contemporary dance training and choreographic process. With a growing number of Countertechnique teachers around the world, introducing Van Dijk’s training and movement methodology on three continents, Van Dijk’s radical vision is becoming increasingly popular amongst professional dance artists and university students, and her ideas are implemented in training and creation processes by rehearsal directors, educators and other choreographers.

works
2021      Out Of The Blue (premiere Dec 2021)
2020      TOUCH
             SURGE 2020
             Plasma: a study for 18
2019      TRACES
             Distant Matter
             SURGE 2019
2018      Accumulation
             Common Ground
2017      Anti — Gravity
2016      L U C I D
             Rule of Thirds
             Safe Places
             Double Site
2015      Depth of Field
             gentle is the power
2014      Complexity of Belonging
2013      247 Days
             Embodiment 1:1:1
2012      An Act of Now
             RAUSCH
2011      Mensch
             Muze
2010      Protect Me
             Wowwowwonders in me
2009      TRUST
             Deseo
             Shotz
2008      Borrowed Landscapes
2007      Pushing Air
             Bliss
             Situations
2006      SHOT
2005      Derivatives
             HEADS
2004      STAU
             Drink Me
2003      Suna no Onna
             Amour Fou
2002      DIVA
2001      Alien ( I am sorry)
2000      Microman
             Am I out?
1999      Nothing Hurts

 

 

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