Gideon Obarzanek

 (born 1966)

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Gideon became interested in dance towards the end of high school and after graduating deferred science at university to study at the Australian Ballet School. He later danced with the Queensland Ballet and the Sydney Dance Company before working as an independent performer and choreographer with various dance companies and independent projects within Australia and abroad.

Gideon founded Chunky Move in 1995 and has led the company as Artistic Director until June 2012. While the company mostly features his work, it also commissions various other Australian choreographers and invites international choreographers to give workshops in its home city of Melbourne, Australia.

Obarzanek’s works for Chunky Move have been diverse in form and content including stage productions, installations, site-specific works and film. His works have been performed in many festivals and theatres around the world in the U.K, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

In 2014, Gideon choreographed a new work for Sydney Dance Company’s Interplay. Created in collaboration with actor/writer/dramaturg David Woods, L’Chaim! (‘to life!’ in Hebrew and Yiddish) is a playful and epic piece showcasing Gideon’s genius for choreographing movement on a grand scale.