The Board of Melbourne Fringe and Creative Director and CEO, Simon Abrahams yesterday announced the appointment of Gideon Obarzanek as the organisation’s new Chair.
A celebrated director, choreographer and performing-arts advisor, Obarzanek is one of Australia’s leading arts figures. Founding renowned contemporary dance company, Chunky Move in 1995, he led the organisation as CEO and Artistic Director for the next 17 years. Establishing a reputation for creating genre-defying productions, Obarzanek’s work has been performed at many of the world’s leading theatres and festivals, including Edinburgh International, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave, Venice Biennale, Southbank Centre, London and Territoria Festival, Moscow.
On the appointment, Simon Abrahams said “I’ve had a massive art crush on Gideon Obarzanek for as long as I can remember. Like so many Australian artists, Gideon’s body of work has had a huge influence on my own creative practice. I’m so thrilled that he will bring his artistic knowledge of the Australian arts sector to Melbourne Fringe as Chair. We are going to make a formidable team, and I can’t wait to share our ambitious plans for Melbourne Fringe’s future.”
Obarzanek’s chairmanship will be effective immediately with the 2015 Festival launching this Tuesday. “I’m delighted to have been appointed to the Melbourne Fringe board,” said Obarzanek.
“Melbourne Fringe plays a vital role in this city’s cultural fabric and as the largest presenter of independent art and artists in Victoria, the Festival's position within the city’s artistic ecology has never been more critical. I’m excited by Simon’s vision for the Festival and look forward to working with my fellow board members and the entire Melbourne Fringe team to see this vision realised.”
Over 19 days, the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival will showcase 401 events across 174 venues. Featuring cabaret, circus, comedy, dance, kids, live art, music, performance and visual art, the Festival exists to develop, champion and celebrate the independent arts.
The 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival runs from 16 Sept – 4 October 2015 with tickets on sale from 6pm today (Tuesday 11 August). Visit melbournefringe.com.au