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Complexity of Belonging (2014 - present)

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.

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

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 The 2017 tour of Complexity of Belonging has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund’. Compexity of Belonging has also 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.

press

 ***** “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)

credits

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

With:
Joel Bray, Lauren Langlois, Alya 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