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Gideon Obarzanek
, 2012

by Dave Tacon

type C photograph (sheet: 48.2 cm x 34.6 cm, image: 40.6 cm x 26.9 cm)

Gideon Obarzanek (b. 1966), choreographer, spent his early life on a kibbutz in Israel, attended school in Melbourne, was accepted into the Australian Ballet School, choreographing his first piece there in 1987. On graduation, he joined the Queensland Ballet as a dancer, but he continued to create works including Mr Crowther and the Wallflower (1989). Moving to the Sydney Dance Company, he made Sleep No More in 1991 before electing for a career as an independent choreographer. In 1995 he co-founded Chunky Move, a dance company based first in Sydney and then, from 1997, in Melbourne, where it became Victoria's official contemporary dance company. Obarzanek's work, which now embraces installations, site-specific performance and video, is performed around the world. He has received many awards including several Helpmann awards and a New York Bessie award for outstanding choreography and creation for Chunky Move's Tense Dave. In 2010 he appeared on stage for the first time in a decade in the solo work Faker. His recent works include Connected, and There's definitely a prince involved (2012).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2012
Accession number: 2012.35