Rewards for the Tribe

Date 6 October 2022
Location Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Rewards for the Tribe  is an ambitious collaborative dance work by leading Australian dance companies, Chunky Move and Restless Dance Theatre.  Playing off notions of idealism in art history, the work asks, is there such a thing as utopia by design?



In Rewards for the Tribe, five performers wrestle with the archetype of divine geometry expressed in Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, while interacting with subverted geometric forms in an environment that is both playful and uncompromising—whimsical set and costume designs by Jonathon Oxlade both reference and topple the idealistic forms found in Mondrian’s 20th century minimalist Colour Composition Series. As images of so-called perfection collapse, bend, and crumple in an unpredictable dance between the ensemble and pliable objects, what is revealed is the need for collaboration, creativity, and the time-honoured ritual of image making to make sense of a world that is wonky.

A meditation on acceptance, Rewards for the Tribe is about seeing the beauty in things as they are.

Image: Rewards For The Tribe, Chunky Move, Jeff Busby

About the Dance Companies

  • Chunky Move creates bold, visually striking and genre-defying dance works. These works are experiments that merge the body with other forms, explore new ideas and materials, and respond to different spaces and contexts. Chunky Move plays a crucial role in driving the artform of dance forward in Australia and beyond. Artists and audiences are at the heart of the company, expressed in its program of major works, commissions, residencies, workshops and public classes. Chunky Move aims to increase the visibility of contemporary dance as an everyday artform.

    Restless Dance Theatre is Australia’s leading dance theatre company working with young people with and without disability to collaboratively create outstanding inclusive dance theatre informed by disability. The company presents unexpectedly real dance theatre works in multiple mediums to diverse audiences. Led by Artistic Director Michelle Ryan, Restless creates high quality real, raw and uninhibited dance theatre. The company has mounted over 30 major productions and many community workshop programs. Restless artists enliven and diversify Australian dance, creating original work that extends the definition of what dance is.

Creative Credits

  • Created by Antony Hamilton, Rewards for the Tribe is a co-production between Chunky Move and Restless Dance Theatre.

    Concept, Direction and Choreography: Antony Hamilton

    Performers: Jianna Georgiou, Benjamin Hancock, Michael Hodyl, Cody Lavery and Charlie Wilkins

    Creative Contributor: Chris Dyke

    Sound Design and Composition: Aviva Endean

    Costume and Set Design: Jonathon Oxlade

    Lighting Design: Jenny Hector