Hailed by The Australian as the country’s best modern dance company, choreographer Gideon Obarzanek’s Chunky Move dazzles audiences with its use of site-specific installations and interactive sound and light technologies. Obarzanek’s avant-garde performances explore the >tensions between the rational world we live in and richness of our imagination.
Mortal Engine is a dance-video-music-laser performance using movement and sound responsive projections to portray an ever-shifting, shimmering world in which the limits of the human body are an illusion. Crackling light and staining shadows represent the most perfect or sinister of souls. Kinetic energy fluidly metamorphoses from the human figure into light image, into sound and back again. Choreography is focused on movement of unformed beings in an unfamiliar landscape searching to connect and evolve in a constant state of becoming. Veering between moments of exquisite cosmological perfection and grotesque evolutionary accidents of >existence, we are driven forward by the reality of permanent change.
“An invitation to travel, to dream, to the game from this dream in all of us since childhood that may resurface at any moment, come and upset the rational principles that guide our modern >existence.
A raft in the assault of the waves and begin the journey, crossing many materials as virtual landscapes. Lines, dots, letters, digital objects projected onto flat surfaces, weave poetic spaces that hug the body and gesture. The imagination turns opaque and solid colour to reveal the >transparency and freedom of movement, desire and the infinite in all of us.”