Gideon Obarzanek

Gideon first 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 Sydney Dance Company before working as an independent performer and choreographer with various dance companies including the Netherlands Dance Theatre and independent projects within Australia and abroad.

Gideon founded Chunky Move in 1995 and has led the company as Artistic Director until June 2012. More recently, Obarzanek has created a new work, There’s Definitely a Prince involved, for the Australian Ballet’s fiftieth anniversary season and is currently Resident Artist at the Sydney Theatre Company. Obarzanek’s works are diverse in form and content and include stage productions, installations, site-specific works and film. His works have been performed in many festivals and theatres around the world in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Gideon’s film, Dance Like Your Old Man, co-directed with Edwina Throsby won best short documentary at the 2007 Melbourne International Film Festival, 2008 Flickerfest International Film Festival and the 2008 Cinedans Film Festival in Amsterstam. In collaboration with Lucy Guerin and Michael Kantor, Gideon has also received a New York Bessie award for outstanding choreography and creation for Chunky Move’s production of Tense Dave. In 2008 he received two Australian Helpmann Awards for Glow and Mortal Engine.