A commissioned highlight of the upcoming 2019 Melbourne International Arts Festival, Token Armies is epic in scale, ambitious in conceit and utterly unforgettable in execution. The performance is presented by Chunky Move and Arts House in association with Creature Technology Co. and can be experienced at the Meat Market from 16 – 20 October 2019.
Token Armies is an evolutionary leap into an unknown tomorrow. 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 (2019 Helpmann Award winner for Best Choreography in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production) 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 sculptures by Creature Technology Co. – the renowned creators of works such as King Kong and Walking with Dinosaurs – bio-mechanical forms that query the boundary between the living and the inanimate and an ensemble of 23 performers, this immersive experience explores the way labour becomes ritual and opens up opportunities for a future humanity.
Token Armies is a bold statement of the kind of work new Artistic Director Antony Hamilton champions: dance that goes beyond the boundaries of the individual body, making porous the barriers that divide humans from each other and the natural and artificial worlds in which we move.
October 16 – 20