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Chunky Move seeks Choreographer In Residence

September 10, 2020

Chunky Move in partnership with the Tanja Liedtke Foundation are in search of a new Choreographer In Residence for 2021 across a two-year residency at the Company.

Chunky Move, Victoria’s flagship contemporary dance company, is offering a lifeline to independent choreographers who are currently out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative will see the successful applicant undertake an $80,000 two-year residency with Melbourne’s leading dance company, which includes bonuses such as a dedicated production budget to enable the realisation of a new work, regular access to Chunky Move’s studio facilities and extensive opportunities for structured professional development.

The residency is designed to provide Australian choreographic artists with extensive support to develop and present new work, further their artistic practice, gain organisational knowledge, extend their professional networks and build a meaningful ongoing connection with Chunky Move.

Antony Hamilton, Artistic Director and CEO of Chunky Move said, “Our Choreographer In Residence initiative will allow creativity to take full flight – acknowledging the important and time-honoured dialogue between artist, institution and benefactor. We look forward to welcoming a new artistic voice into the company and to imagining and building a new creative path together.”

Rather than being a fellowship or direct commissioning opportunity, the program will encourage the incumbent to integrate their work with Chunky Move as an expansion of their own practice.

The Tanja Liedtke Foundation said of the inaugural initiative that, “We are fully dedicated to fostering the artistic development of young Australian choreographers. We trust that this project will provide an opportunity for an upcoming artist to find their voice under the well-proven guidance of Artistic Director Antony Hamilton, who was the first fellow of the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.

Chunky Move, in partnership with the Tanja Liedtke Foundation, is now calling for applications for next year’s inaugural Choreographer In Residence appointment. A public expression-of-interest process will be open for the next month, closing on Friday 2 October.

Chunky Move will hold a live Q&A session on On Monday 14 September at 5pm, outlining further details of the residency. To register, click here.

Further information on the timeline, assessment process and eligibility criteria can be found here.

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