by Anouk van Dijk
"Moving from order to chaos, from conformity to abandonment, in 'SURGE' a group of 24 dancers join forces to control an ever-shifting equilibrium,” Anouk van Dijk says. "Their shared territory is tested, challenged and negotiated from within, driven by an unstoppable desire to evolve. A group that wells up and moves forward."
Premiered: April 11-20, Gala, Hayes Christensen Theater, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
Choreography: Anouk van Dijk
Lighting Designer: Cole Adams
Costume Designer: Stephanie Jones
Tech Designer: Isaac Taylor
Anouk van Dijk
Anouk van Dijk is a choreographer, director and the creator of the movement methodology, Countertechnique, and has been the Artistic Director of Australia’s leading dance company Chunky Move from 2012 - 2018. Her work is staged for a wide range of settings, varying from black box theatre, to large proscenium stages, to site-specific works. Before relocating to Australia, Van Dijk had an extensive career in Europe, touring worldwide with her Dutch company anoukvandijk dc. Her work is presented in festivals around the world, from Festival d’Avignon to Dance Triennial Tokyo, from Theater der Welt to Festival TransAmériques. In 2012 she was awarded the Golden Swan, the Netherlands most prestigious dance accolade. Her movement methodology Countertechnique has become known worldwide.
In 2012, Van Dijk premiered An Act of Now, her debut work for Chunky Move. The production went on to win The Age Critics’ Award for best new Australian work during the Melbourne Festival. For the Company she has since created 12 full-evening and shorter works, including Depth of Field (2015), Rule of Thirds (2016), Anti—Gravity (2017) and Common Ground(2018). Van Dijk’s long collaborative partnership with German writer and director Falk Richter has resulted in the creation of six critically acclaimed productions such as TRUST(Schaubuehne Berlin, 2009), Safe Places (Schauspiel Frankfurt, 2016) and Complexity of Belonging (Chunky Move, 2014). Her interest in site-specific work has taken her dancers from the Ship Yards in Amsterdam to the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
Central to the foundation of Anouk van Dijk’s artistic work and the training of her dancers has been Countertechnique, the movement system she developed to provide dancers with applied tools for versatile dance practice in the 21st century. Countertechnique helps dancers in training, rehearsal and performance – focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. The principles of Countertechnique can also be applied to other dance forms and training methods. In 2008, Van Dijk initiated the first, biennial Countertechnique Teachers Training (CTTT) program. Currently, Countertechnique has 31 certified teachers around the world and the method holds a prominent place in the publication Dance Techniques 2010, co-written by Gerald Siegmund and Anouk van Dijk.