The undisputed queen of modern flamenco, María Pagés,uses flamenco with poetry in the unforgettably reimagining of the story of Bizet’s heroine Carmen. Accompanied by an ensemble of dancers and six of Spain’s most talented musicians, Yo, Carmen is on at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall from 11 – 12 March 2019.

A pioneer in contemporary flamenco, iconoclastic Seville-born dancer and choreographer María Pagés has challenged traditionalists with her sensual rethinks of Spanish dance, and her confrontations of hard issues. She found international fame as a guest artist with Michael Flatley’s Riverdance, forming her own dance company in 1990 before going on to win a dazzling collection of international awards.

María Pagés creates an excitingly bold and multi-faceted blend of Carmen and the songs that inspired it. She reclaims and remakes the original story as a vibrant, contemporary ode to the essence of what it is to be a woman.

Yo, Carmen’s featured musicians – including violin and cello alongside flamenco guitarists and singers – provide a live soundtrack of Bizet’s familiar opera tunes, the popular songs that inspired them, and gripping original flamenco.

Arts Centre Melbourne and Arts Projects Australia presents Yo, Carmen 

11 – 12 March 2019Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer HallTickets now on sale at

Chunky Move  announced a leadership shift that will see Antony Hamilton and Kristy Ayre as  co-CEOs of the Melbourne contemporary dance company in 2019.  

Chunky Move implemented a rigorous global recruitment process, calling for proposals from teams or individuals with the creative vision and professional credentials to lead Victoria’s flagship contemporary dance company into a new chapter.

The search for a new leadership team commenced in September following the departures of Artistic Director Anouk Van Dijk and Executive Director Vanessa Pigrum.

Antony and Kristy will be joined by Freya Waterson who will be responsible for the company’s national and international touring program. 

Minister for the Creative Industries, Martin Foley said, “Chunky Move is an incredible Victorian success story that plays a key role in Victoria, and Australia’s, dance sector and this is an exciting new step for the company. Antony and Kristy have international reputations and will bring a wealth of experience to the role.”

Chunky Move’s Chair, Leigh O’Neill said she is thrilled with the new appointment of leadership. 

“This team draws on deep and internationally-respected experience in the Australian dance sector whilst bringing a confident and energetic vision for the future.”

Chunky Move has announced a leadership change with Antony Hamilton and Kristy Ayre as new co-CEOs of the Melbourne contemporary dance company.  Photo by  Gregory Lorenzutti . 

In addition to the responsibilities of joint CEO, Antony will take up the role of Artistic Director and Kristy, Executive Director. 

“Together, we feel propelled to cultivate the company’s reputation and champion a culture of generosity within the dance sector. We plan to deliver new opportunities for artists, and bring ambitious new performance works to audiences in Melbourne and around the world,” Kristy and Antony said in a joint statement. 

Antony and Kristy will start in February 2019. Freya will start her role in January 2019.

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