Common Ground


A ritualistic battleground for two dance greats, Common Ground is a choreographic game of chess. Ingrained rules are upturned by unexpected moves—intricate gambits, sacrifices and reactive attacks.

Chunky Move Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk evokes the birth of ballet in a modern milieu, as two of Australia’s most sought after dancers go move-for-move, through to the intense endgame. Tara Jade Samaya (ANTI—GRAVITY, Chunky Move) and Richard Cilli (CounterMove, Sydney Dance Company) perform a unique duel that lights the fuse on equality and betrayal.

What is common ground if not a place to collide?

Presented by Malthouse Theatre as part of Dance Massive 2019

Common Ground

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Wed 13 - Sun 17 March

Wed 13 March, 6:30pm
Thu 14 – Sat 16 March, 7:30pm
Sun 17 March, 5:00pm
(60 mins)

Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre
113 Sturt Street, Southbank

Tickets $45* $40¤  $30†
Full * Concession ¤  Students & Under30s †

Warnings — Contains nudity. Suggested for audiences 18+
Accessibility — Wheelchair access, companion card, hearing loop


Created by
Anouk van Dijk
For & with performers
Richard Cilli, Tara Jade Samaya
Lighting design
Paul Jackson
Set & Costume design
Marg Horwell
Composer & Sound design
Jethro Woodward
Dramaturgical advice
Jerry Remkes
Jeff Busby