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Duke Arts Presents

Chunky Move

Friday, October 28, 2011 | 8:00 pm

Reynolds Industries Theater

Founded by choreographer Gideon Obarzanek in 1995, the award-laden Australian dance company Chunky Move is famed for its beautiful, ambitious work with new media. Obarzanek’s final piece for the ensemble, Connected, is the crowning achievement to date of a breathtakingly innovative career.

Connected is a collaboration with the pioneering artist Reuben Margolin, whose “kinetic sculptures” transmit waveforms through elegant systems of humble objects. Beginning with minimal motions and hundreds of small parts — wood, plastic, paper, and steel — dancers build a huge, suspended Margolin creation in real time, weaving themselves into the undulating mass with increasingly complex movements. A visual marvel of choreographed theater exploring handmade process and collective power, Connected treads a razor’s edge between dance and sculpture.

In Residence October 23 through 28.

Funded, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.