Chunky Move announces Joel Bray as inaugural Choreographer in Residence

Joel Bray. Photo by Daniel Boud.
Joel Bray. Photo by Daniel Boud.

Chunky Move has recently announced that Joel Bray will become the company’s inaugural Choreographer in Residence. 

Set to commence in 2021, Bray will undertake an $80,000 two-year residency with Victoria’s leading dance company, an initiative in partnership with the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.

The introduction of this major new initiative extends Chunky Move’s commitment to supporting established independent choreographers to develop their careers while furthering the company’s ambition to transform how contemporary dance is experienced, valued and understood.

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. 

“It was dancing with Chunky Move which brought me back to Australia,” said Bray. “So I am so thrilled to be coming on board as choreographer in residence; it feels like coming home. I received the news whilst walking through the city and did a little spontaneous dance on the footpath, because this incredible opportunity is such a vote of faith in me and my practice, and a genuine investment in Blackfella work of scale. My heartfelt thanks to both Chunky Move and the Tanja Liedtke Foundation. I can’t wait to get cracking next year!”

Antony Hamilton and Kristy Ayre, co-CEO’s of Chunky Move, said, “We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Joel Bray as our inaugural Choreographer in Residence for 2021-22. Through the selection process, the panel were blown away by Joel’s enthusiasm for the opportunity and his clear ability to identify how he will work with the company at this critical moment in his career. Joel’s connection to Chunky Move has been significant, having previously been a performer and commissioned artist, and we are excited to have his thoughtful, vibrant and creative presence contributing to the artistic program of the company over the next two years.”

The Tanja Liedtke Foundation said of the inaugural initiative, “We are fully dedicated to fostering the artistic development of young Australian choreographers and are thankful to be part of this extraordinary program with Chunky Move.”

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