Gideon Obarzanek has announced that he will be stepping down as the artistic director and CEO of Chunky Move at the end of 2011 to pursue other freelance opportunities in dance and other art forms, reported Australian Stage.
While he will continue to work on touring productions in an associate director capacity the following year, Obarzanek will hand over to a new artistic director and CEO at the beginning of 2012.
“Chunky Move has literally been the greater part of my adult life. The organization has allowed me extraordinary creative flexibility on so many different, unique, and exciting projects with an array of inspiring artists,” he said. “Dance has been such an inspiring art form for me and it is my hope that Chunky Move continues to reinvent and push the boundaries of what dance can be within our ever-evolving contemporary culture.”
Obarzanek founded Chunky Move in 1995. Under his directorship, Chunky Move has evolved into Australia’s most successful contemporary dance export, touring to more than 30 cities and performing in just the last twelve months to more than 10,000 international dance lovers. For full story, visit www.australianstage.com