Rule of Thirds

“…it somehow manages to conjure an expansive, abyssal universe, ripe with narrative subtext.” Limelight Magazine

A powerful and intricate piece, Rule of Thirds is a highly physical performance that celebrates perseverance, audacity and the ongoing desire to reinvent ourselves. The dancers test and alter a strong force field they have set up amongst each other, gradually deconstructing and dismantling the movement score. All players are needed, but who is eventually in charge? Rule of Thirds promises, and delivers, guts, virtuosity and focused abandon.

Rule of Thirds is the third part in the Embodiment series, initiated by Anouk van Dijk in 2013, a trilogy of interventions between dancers, a movement score and a chosen site. The movement score is malleable and deliberately deconstructed, dismantled and stretched on each new site, affecting the performance, the meaning and the intensity of the work. After the vastness of Depth of Field (2015) and the dramatic architecture of 1:1:1 (2013), Rule of Thirds moves into the illusion and intimacy of the theatre space.


Concept, Choreography & Direction
Anouk van Dijk

James Vu Anh Pham, Niharika Senapati, Tara Jade Samaya & Luigi Vescio

Lighting design
Ben Cobham – Bluebottle

Sound design
Jethro Woodward

Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm, The Bug, FM3, Ben Frost, Peter Knight, Christiaan Virant

Costume Design
Chloe Greaves

Production Manager
Michael Carr

Technical Operator
Blair Hart

Chunky Move

Tour produced by Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

Presentation History

Chunky Move Studios
Melbourne, VIC
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Full Presentation History for Rule of Thirds

Chunky Move Studios
Melbourne, VIC
Lighthouse Theatre
Warrnambool, VIC
Drama Theatre, Monash University
Melbourne, VIC
Drum Theatre
Dandenong, VIC
Mildura Arts Centre
Mildura, VIC

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