Complexity of Belonging

Commissioned by Chunky Move, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival and Théâtre National de Chaillot
Presented by Chunky Move, Anouk van Dijk and Falk Richter with Aarhus Festival and Aarhus 2017

From a long-standing and critically lauded collaboration comes a daring, politically charged work from two of dance and theatre’s most unflinching creative talents. Uniting the charged direction of Dutch choreographer, Anouk van Dijk and the text and direction of German writer, 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 and hyperspace, 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 of the daily trials of surviving in a hyper-connected, hyper-sensitive, globalised society.

Complexity of Belonging is a wonderful invention of contemporary theatre, seamlessly integrating text, movement, and music to create a work that is in and of its time.


Media response:

***** “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)

Concept, Direction & Choreography: Falk Richter and Anouk van Dijk
Text: Falk Richter
Set Design: Robert Cousins
Costume Design: Mel Page
Lighting Design: Niklas Pajanti
Composition: Malte Beckenbach
Dramaturges: Nils Haarmann & Daniel Schlusser
Translator: Daniel Schlusser
Production Manager: Michael Carr
Stage Manager: Blair Hart
Sound Operator: Gideon Cozens
Lighting Technician / Operator: Remko van Ontwerpen

With: Joel Bray, Lauren Langlois, Alya Manzart, Eloise Mignon, James Vu Anh Pham, Stephen Phillips, Josh Price, Tara Jade Samaya, Karen Sibbing.

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund’.

Chunky Move is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

1st – 2nd September

Musikhuset Aarhus