When you enter an environment populated by varied lifeforms, animated machines and a set that itself seems to pulse and breathe, you know you’re not in traditional dance territory.
This visionary creation throws every rule to the wind, and is the first work created by Antony Hamilton since taking up the helm of Chunky Move.
Token Armies is a symphony of action, image and sound, and a collective experience through which audiences will make their own journey. Featuring a leviathan sculpture by Creature Technology Co.—the renowned creators of works such as King Kong and Walking with Dinosaurs—this immersive spectacle explores the way labour becomes ritual and opens up opportunities for a future humanity. Bio-mechanical forms alongside an ensemble of 23 performers query the boundary between the living and the inanimate.
Token Armies is a bold statement of the kind of work Antony Hamilton champions: dance that goes beyond the frontier of the individual body, making porous the barriers that divide humans from each other and the natural and artificial worlds in which we move.
Epic in scale, ambitious in conceit and utterly unforgettable in execution, this world premiere event is an evolutionary leap into an unknown tomorrow.
Sat 19 October, 2pm
Step behind the scenes in a free artist talk led by Artistic Director, Antony Hamilton and a selection of key creatives from the work.
Warnings: Contains nudity, haze, strobe lighting and flower pollen. Please note due to the nature of the work, there is limited seating for this event.
PHOTOS | Dian McLeod, Zan Wimberley
Hamilton’s works are meticulously put together, and in Token Armies a mesmerisingly whole world emerges.
An impressive feat in both ambition and execution.
- Concept, Direction & Choreography
- Antony Hamilton
- Sculpture and Wearable Sculpture Design & Fabrication
- Creature Technology Co.
- Assistant Choreographer & Rehearsal Director
- Melanie Lane
- Costume Design
- Paula Levis
- Costume Consultant
- Andrew Treloar
- Lighting Design
- Bosco Shaw
- Sound Design
- Aviva Endean
- Sound Consultant
- Madeleine Flynn
- Concept Art
- Peter Gregory
- Jade Dickinson, Alice Dixon, Joshua Faleatua, Christina Guieb, Antony Hamilton, Samuel Hammat, Mitchell Harvey, Melanie Lane, Cody Lavery, Phillip Leitch, Gregory Lorenzutti, Kathleen Lott, Tiana Lung, Talitha Maslin, Amber McCartney, Damian Meredith, Callum Mooney, Josh Mu, Jessie Oshodi, Jack Riley, Harrison Ritchie-Jones, Kyall Shanks and Michaela Tancheff
Commissioned by Melbourne International Arts Festival.