On the Couch with Antony Hamilton

Antony Hamilton oncWho is Antony Hamilton?
I’m an Australian choreographer and artist.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
If I knew of something notable that I wanted to do differently, I would set about doing it immediately! Given that I don’t, let’s go with the mundane and say address my allergies, eat less sugar and get more sleep.

Who inspires you and why?
I’m inspired by anyone enigmatic enough to exist outside of the fashion of the time they live in. I find inspiration in those who can create and believe their own truth.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Talk less. (this is also advice for others!)

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Killcare, Central Coast NSW. It’s where I used to go as a kid with my family, and feels like home. I am not a big traveller.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Any show presented by Arts House. You are pretty well guaranteed to have an experience worthy the transaction of your time and money. This can be followed closely by drinks at the Town Hall Hotel on Errol St, North Melbourne. I can think of nothing better to share with someone than to have a drink and see some art.

What are you currently reading?
The Silence of Animals by John Gray.

What are you currently listening to?

Happiness is?

What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully a continuing journey into the unknown. As predictable as life can be some times, we can only hope for some surprises some of the time.

Antony Hamilton trained in dance in Sydney, Perth and New York. He has performed with Chunky Move in numerous productions, including Mortal Engine; Two Faced Bastard and I Want to Dance Better at Parties. Along with Byron Perry he also created the production, I Like This for the Company.

Hamilton has created works for The Lyon Opera Ballet; Australian Dance Theatre; Lucy Guerin Inc; Dance North; LINK; the Victorian College of the Arts; Stompin and Rogue. Independent works include Blazeblue Oneline, the critically acclaimed Black Project 1 and Black Project 2 and the post-­apocalyptic dance drive-­in Drift.

Hamilton was the inaugural recipient of both the Russell Page Fellowship in 2004, and the Tanja Liedtke Fellowship in 2009, which included a seven week residency at RadialsystemV in Berlin. In 2012 Hamilton was an inaugural recipient of the Australia Council’s Creative Australia Fellowship and went on to win the 2013 Helpmann Award for Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production.

Antony has directed and choreographed Chunky Move’s Keep Everything playing at Performance Space (13 – 16 August), and Arts House (20 – 24 August). For more information about, visit: www.chunkymove.com.au for details.

Image: Antony Hamilton