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.”
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.