Dance Panel


Kristy Ayre - Panel Co-Chair


Kristy Ayre is Executive Producer of Phillip Adams BalletLab, a member on the Board of Next Wave and Chair of the Green Room Awards Association Dance Panel. She Co-Produced the 2015 National Dance Forum and was an Associate Producer for the 2012 and 2014 Next Wave Festivals. Kristy has been a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and curatorial advisor for Ausdance Victoria and Next Wave's Kickstart program. Kristy collaborated and performed for Chunky Move for over a decade (2001-2012) mostly in works by founding Artistic Director, Gideon Obarzanek. She has also performed for Lucy Guerin Inc, Shelley Lasica, Frances D'ath, Itoh Kim, Prue Lang, Natalie Cursio, Dario Vacirca, Lee Serle, Ashley Dyer and Luke George, appearing in numerous prestigious venues and Arts Festivals worldwide.

Jerry Remkes - Panel Co-Chair


JERRY REMKES is Performing Arts Programmer at Arts Centre Melbourne and Executive Producer of Countertechnique. He is a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and for Creative Victoria. Prior to coming to Australia in 2012, he was based in Amsterdam. His roles in the Netherlands included Executive Producer and Dramaturge of dance company anoukvandijk dc, Co-Curator Dutch Dance Festival and Manager International Projects at the Theatre Institute of the Netherlands.

Joel Bray


JOEL BRAY is a dancer and choreographer based in Israel. For Chunky Move he has performed in Complexity of Belonging (2014), working with Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk and Falk Richter on Safe Places (Frankfurt  Schauspielhaus, 2016). He has also performed with Company CeDeCe (Portugal), Kolben Dance, Sally Anne Freidland, Machol Shalem Dance House, Odelya Kuperberg and Yoram Karmi’s FRESCO Dance Company. Joel’s choreographic credits include works for PICA, the ArtRage Festival (Perth), The Albania International Dance Meeting (Durres, Albania), the Mixer Festival (Ramat Gan, Israel) andDancers Create (Suzan Dellal Centre, Tel Aviv). His work for a children’s audience, SPLASH, was commissioned by the Israeli National Science Museum and had an audience of over 11,000. Joel began dancing at age 20, with traditional Aboriginal and Contemporary dance forms at NAISDA Dance College (Sydney) before graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2005.

Marco Cher-Gibard


MARCO CHER-GIBARD is an artist working with sound to explore contemporary culture and art. His practice foregrounds live process and often employs DIY approaches and custom software solutions to sound making process. He is a constant collaborator in performance contexts and an occasional performer. Marco currently teaches Studio Production for the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Niklas Pajanti


NIKLAS PAJANTI is an award winning lighting designer working across a range of contemporary art and performance media. For Chunky Move, Pajanti has worked on 247 Days (2013), An Act of Now(2012), Black Marrow (2009), Singularity (2006), I Want to Dance Better at Parties (2005), Tense Dave and Three’s a Crowd (2003). Niklas is Lighting Designer for Complexity of Belonging – a project by Falk Richter and Anouk van Dijk that will premiere as part of the 2014 Melbourne Festival. His work has featured with companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir Street Theatre, The Eleventh Hour, BalletLab, Brink Productions, Dancehouse, Kage Physical Theatre, Not Yet It’s Difficult, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Anna Seymour


ANNA SEYMOUR is a Melbourne-based contemporary dancer who was born profoundly Deaf. She completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) in 2012 and has worked for various companies and choreographers including BalletLab and KAGE. Anna is a cofounder of The Delta Project (Collisions and Under My Skin) a dance company employing Deaf and hearing dancers. In 2016 Anna presented her first choreographic work Distraction Society for the Melbourne Fringe and worked as an actress for Deafferent Theatre (Black is the Colour). She teaches dance workshops for Deaf youth in Melbourne and Sydney. In July 2017, Anna will travel to New York for a dance residency at OMI to continue her choreographic practice.

Nina Veretennikova


NINA VERETENNIKOVA’s career spans the areas of performance, choreography, direction and pedagogy in both dance and film. An Australian Ballet School graduate, Nina was a founding member of the Sydney Dance Company (SDC) under Graeme Murphy’s direction for 13 years. During this time Nina developed her own choreographic works for SDC and the Australian feature film The Everlasting Secret Family. Nina holds a BA degree in film and television from AFTRS specialising in direction. Credits include Tales from a Suitcase and Body of Evidence. A certified teacher, Nina has worked with Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, NAISDA, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Opera Australia and Chunky Move. Since 2002 she has taught classical ballet and various somatic practices at the Victorian College of the Arts.