Conceived as a “biotech fiction” by Australian choreographer Gideon Obarzanek and interactive software creator Frieder Weiss, Glow transforms a solo dancer into a mutant figure both sensual and grotesque. As she slides and thrashes across a white floor, her form generates a constantly shifting digital habitat of projected light. Her smallest gestures are captured by an overhead tracking system, while interactive video technology creates motion graphics that shift in real time in response to her movement. The Sydney Morning Herald called the piece “lasting in its eerie intrigue.” The Age praised the dancing as “flailing, joint-crunching action... a high-velocity missile, with only occasional respite.”
Founded by Gideon Obarzanek in 1995, Chunky Move is a Melbourne-based dance company that constantly seeks to redefine what contemporary dance is, or what it can be. Its works include stage productions, installations, site-specific works, and films. Chunky Move’s multi-tiered programming initiatives foster and support a strong and vibrant dance culture in its home city while creating critically acclaimed and popular larger productions for touring. Recent international engagements include China, Poland, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, and Hungary. Obarzanek’s film, Dance Like Your Old Man, co-directed with Edwina Throsby, won best short documentary at the 2007 Melbourne International Film Festival. In collaboration with Lucy Guerin and Michael Kantor, he has also received a New York Bessie award for Outstanding Choreography/Creation for Tense Dave. In 2008 Chunky Move won the Live Performance Australia Helpmann Award for Best Dance Work for Glow and Best Visual or Physical Theater Production for Mortal Engine, a full-scale production that uses the same technology as Glow.