Actor Stephen Phillips pulls back the curtain on the latest production from Chunky Move

Dance and theatre often come at ideas from totally different viewpoints, so when you combine Dutch choreographer Anouk Van Dijk’s talents with those of German writer and director Falk Richter, you can expect sparks to fly. A co-production between Chunky Move and MTC, Complexity of Belonging is a hybrid of text and movement playing in this year’s Melbourne Festival, before a European tour. 
One performer stuck in the middle is actor Stephen Phillips, who took advantage of a break from rehearsals to talk to Time Out. But far from finding the position stressful, Phillips is adamant that working on a multi-platform piece is “a gift. There’s something really interesting in the interplay between dancing and non-dancing bodies.” 
Tackling issues of gender, sexuality and nationality, the show looks into the lives of nine individuals, each asking the question: where do I belong in a globalised, social media-connected world? “It’s fascinating, those different standpoints. How Australia sees itself and how others see us are not the same.”
The political resonances of the work are not lost on Phillips. “Talk about the complexity of belonging and it’s inevitably political. When things are complex there’s a tendency to cling to simplistic answers.” It’s a trap this provocative show will undoubtedly avoid.

By Tim Byrne   |  

Complexity of Belonging details

The Summer
140 Southbank Blvd, Southbank 3006

Telephone 03 8688 0800

Nearby Stations: Flinders Street

Buy tickets Price $40.00 to $79.00

Date 09 Oct-01 Nov

Open Mon-Tue 7pm; Wed-Fri 8pm; Sat 8.30pm; Sat Oct 25 4pm; no performance Mon Oct 20

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