One of Europe’s most important theatrical voices, German writer and director Falk Richter (Schaubühne Berlin) combines forces with Chunky Move’s Artistic Director, Anouk van Dijk, Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne Festival for this international co-production.

A powerful, darkly humorous exploration of identity in the age of social media, Complexity of Belonging peers into the lives of nine interconnected individuals as they grapple with the question: how and where do I belong? Nationality, gender, sexuality and history collide and fragment on stage in this audacious, theatrical exposé into the daily trials of surviving in a hyper-connected, hyper-sensitive, globalised society.

In a collaborative partnership forged over fifteen years and celebrated across the globe Anouk van Dijk and Falk Richter have been lauded for creating theatre in and of its time. Theatre for the 21st Century. Complexity of Belonging is a daring, politically charged work from two of theatre’s most unflinching makers. Don’t miss seeing this world premiere production before it heads to Europe in early 2015.

Image: Sarah Walker

Cast & Crew

News & Reviews



Utterly unforgettable. Seriously, just go.


A powerful fusion of aesthetics and performance principles. Go.

Time Out

Boundary-pushing choreographic theatre that displays the highest level of artistry.

The Age

Powerful, multi-faceted stuff. Really soars when it interweaves the personal and the political.

Herald Sun

Deeply moving and frequently hilarious. A must see.

Australian Stage

The actors dance beautifully, the dancers act with surprising skill. There is no shortage of directorial and choreographic talent on display.

The Guardian

There’s something sweeping, something grand in the movement.

Daily Review



This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, Chunky Move, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Festival and Brisbane Festival.

Attendance Information

  • Recommended for 15 years and older
  • This production contains coarse language and sexual references.

A co-production between Melbourne Theatre Company, Chunky Move, Melbourne Festival and Brisbane Festival.