Johanna is an experienced producer and venue manager with over a decade of experience delivering productions and events in theatres and other public spaces. With a Masters of Management in Arts Management and a Bachelor of Communication, Johanna was Producer at NIDA from 2011 – 2017 and Associate Producer at English Touring Theatre in the UK in 2010. A recipient of the NSW Emerging Producer scholarship by Arts NSW and the British Council, she joined Shaun Parker and Company as Associate Producer in 2018.
Working with Shaun Parker & Company in varying capacity since 2015, Sonia has an extensive career history with a strong marketing and communications background. She has enjoyed a successful corporate career across state government, finance, legal and IT industries before moving into the NFP sector. She has also previously established two start-up businesses.
On a personal level Sonia is passionate about the arts and working with artists and audiences to achieve strong commercial results. Her direct experience with Shaun Parker & Company has been in the role of General Manager and currently as Development Manager.
Contemporary dance company, Shaun Parker & Company today announced the appointment of Katarina (Kathy) Baykitch as Executive Producer.
Kathy replaces outgoing Executive Producer Katherine Fyffe.
“I’d like to thank Kath for her energy, commitment and contribution to the Company. Kath will return to Melbourne and we wish her all the best in her new endeavours,” says Shaun Parker.
Kathy brings more than twenty five years of experience in the arts and cultural sector, having held roles that include arts and events manager, producer, educator and trainer, practitioner and community arts facilitator.
Artistic Director, Shaun Parker says ‘the company will benefit from Kathy’s experience and exemplary track record in the arts, and her life-long passion for dance. Over the next 12 months, Shaun Parker & Company will be focused on touring new works, and reaching new audiences. Her experience and guidance will help us achieve this goal.”
Kathy joins Shaun Parker and Co after serving as the Faculty of Education Programme Manager at the Royal Academy of Dance, Australia. Here she conceived and produced its inaugural international dance education conference, Dance Teaching for the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation.
She was also the founding director of FORM Dance Projects, formerly known as Western Sydney Dance Action. Here Kathy established the company’s signature presentation program, Dance Bites, which showcases contemporary dance works by independent artists.
“I am thrilled to be working with this internationally acclaimed Australian contemporary dance theatre company. I look forward to supporting Shaun and the Company, and nurturing its growth and strategic development,” says Kathy Baykitch.
We’re excited to announce we’re finalists in this prestigious award. CEO of the Export Council of Australia Lisa McAuley said:
“The competition is extremely tough and we are thrilled to see a number of new names recognised for their tremendous efforts. It’s fantastic to also see the diversity of the companies that entered the awards this year. To acknowledge and celebrate the success of NSW companies is an important part of encouraging more companies to think global. We congratulate you on being named a finalist in the 55th Premier’s NSW Export Awards.”
The winner will be announced on October 25th, and we’re in great company in the Creative Industries category with Blowfish Studios and Darkroom Door. For more information, visit http://www.export.org.au/awards-programs/finalists/new-south-wales-finalists
An exciting opportunity for dancers to participate in a week-long training intensive with award winning choreographer Shaun Parker. The workshop will include daily class, working with Shaun Parker’s choreographic process and learning company repertoire.
Open to all professional dancers including graduates and 3rd year tertiary dancers.
Week 1: 1-5 May 2017
Week 2: 15-19 May 2017
10am – 5pm daily @ SEYMOUR CENTRE, University of Sydney Campus
Participation fee $300
Places are limited to 15 dancers. To apply send 1 page CV and headshot with a video link showing 5 minutes of your dancing and your week of preference to firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaun Parker & Company are looking for volunteers to assist with TUT which will be performed as part of Art & About Sydney in Pitt Street Mall and Dixon Street Mall in April. Find out more about TUT here.
As volunteer street ushers you will be required to welcome audiences, hand out flyers and talk about the performance, assist with audience and crowd movement, performance site logistics, and help ensure the general safety and security of the event.
We are looking for individuals who:
– Are friendly and communicative
– Feel comfortable talking with members of the public
– Are reliable and organised
– Are able to stand and walk around for the length of the event
– Are happy to apply for a working with children check (TUT is an all ages event)
– Are excited about being part of this great event!
All volunteers will have an induction to the work and the performance space onsite prior to each performance, and there will be a Shaun Parker & Company staff member in support at all times. Volunteers will be required for approximately 3 hours on each performance date from 4.30-7.30pm
Performance dates are:
Thursday 7 April at Dixon St Mall, Chinatown
Friday 8 April at Pitt St Mall
Thursday 14 April at Dixon St Mall, Chinatown
Friday 15 April at Pitt St Mall
Thursday 21 April at Dixon St Mall, Chinatown
Friday 22 April at Pitt St Mall
To apply, email Annette Madden, Producer at Shaun Parker & Company on email@example.com with a few lines about yourself and why you’d like to be involved and which performance dates you are available for.
Shaun Parker & Company wants YOU to be a part of its exciting new project, TUT.
We are seeking up to 100 specially selected dancers/tutters to perform TUT live at locations around the city of Sydney as part of the Art & About Festival!!!
Tutting, is a mind-blowing new dance craze featuring highly intricate and rhythmic patterns of the hands, fingers and arms, which was inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the Ancient pyramids of King Tut.
Click here to find out more or to apply now to be a part of this unique dance event and grab your chance to perform live in the City of Sydney!
TRIGGER – A SECONDMENT/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM WITH SHAUN PARKER
7th – 18th December 2015
Shaun Parker & Company is making a Call for Applicants for its annual TRIGGER program, which will take place in December, 2015.
What: TRIGGER secondment program.
Where: IO MYERS Theatre, University of NSW. Sydney
When: Dec 7th-18th, 2015. 9:30am -6pm daily.
Who: We are looking for 5 dancers who were born with the XY male chromosome. ie. Male dancers…or dancers born with the male XY chromosome, but who identify as being female.
The 5 chosen applicants will join our Company of 9 dancers who will be working on the creative development of our new work XY.
The program will include a daily technique class in yoga and contemporary dance, followed by task based improvisation processes with Artistic Director and Award Winning Choreographer Shaun Parker. This 2-week-long workshop will be free of charge, and is invitation only, so please ensure that you submit a strong application for selection.
Shaun Parker will be using this time to develop the skills of the applicants, as well as looking for dancers for various projects for 2016 and 2017.
To Apply: please email the following material to the General Manager Sonia Grebenshikoff at:
1. 1-page CV
3. Link to edited footage of your performance work. (Please choose carefully the footage you include, as this will be what the Artistic Director will be basing selection upon.)
Deadline for Application: October 19th, 2015
Successful Applicants notified by late October.
The company is delighted to perform in MOVIMENTOS dance festival in Wolfsburg, Germany! April 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th!!!!!
Congratulations to Shaun and Nick for their nominations in the Green Room Awards!
AM I just launched for Melbourne Festival 2014-check out our tour dates and the festival line up!
We would like to congratulate Nick Wales and our amazing creatives, cast and crew!
Shaun Parker & Company and CAPTIVATE are busy in rehearsals for their forthcoming season of The Yard, playing at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Winner of an Australian Dance Award and the 2013 Helpmann Nominee for Best Presentation for Children, The Yard is a high-octane piece of self devised theatre, featuring 20 Western Sydney migrant teenagers.
A voice against bullying, The Yard delivers a compelling new take on William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, which will leave you thinking about human behaviour long after the curtain comes down.
“I have to truly applaud The Yard…with great attention to emotional detail; it is remarkable.” ABC Radio
For tickets and more info visit http://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/dance/the-yard
Recent happenings… after premiering Australian Festival hit Happy as Larry to five countries across Europe and the Middle East, Shaun Parker & Company returned in May to play the Expressions Dance Theatre SOLO season with an excerpt of The Yard, performed by young Western artist David Mavisa.
Image Fiona Cullen
Later in May, Shaun Parker commenced development on a new work with third year NAISDA students and earlier this month, the company made their North American debut with the ever popular London Olympic outdoor commission SPILL.
SPILL toured New York City playing the Central Park Conservancy’s Sandbox Program and the City Parks Foundation SummerStage Festival in locations around Central Park, Lower Manhattan and the Bronx.
The Happy as Larry tour of Europe and the Middle East kicked off yesterday, Monday 9 April, with a performance at the Belgrade Dance Festival. Happy as Larry played to a full house and received a rapturous reception – five encores! Other companies playing at the festival include the Akram Khan Company and Hubbard Street Dance. Shaun conducted a workshop in Belgrade with 60 local dancers (below). Photos courtesy of the Belgrade Dance Festival
The company of Happy as Larry are about to embark on a five-city tour of Europe and The Middle East from the 4th to the 25th of April. The company will be travelling to Belgrade (Serbia), Linz (Austria), Beirut (Lebanon), Amman (Jordan) and Ramallah (West Bank). The company will take part in a number of festivals during the tour including the Belgrade Dance Festival, the Beirut International Platform of Dance (BIPOD) and the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival.
We would like to welcome new company member Luke Hanna, mechanist Benjamin Morris and welcome back Stage Manager Natacha Poledica. The remaining company is Jana Castillo, Toby Derrick, Libby Montilla, Josh Mu, Sophia Ndaba, Marnie Palomares, Lewis Rankin and Joshua Thomson, along with Craig Bary as Rehearsal Director and Guy Harding as Production Manager.
This week we are in Brisbane presenting at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM). Shaun Parker & Company will present a full-length performance of AM I on Tuesday 18 February at 8:15pm in the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. We will also have a mobile booth (#14) where delegates can meet members of the company, including Executive Producer Olivia Ansell. If you are attending APAM and would like to get in contact with Olivia – please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week we head to the Adelaide Festival for just 4 performances. AM I is plays the Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre Thursday 27 February- Saturday 1 March. Don’t miss out – book your tickets here.
Here’s what the reviewers have been saying:
“Meticulous, elegant and sophisticated, Am I takes ideas from physics, astronomy, anthropology and other sciences to chart human development, starting before the Big Bang…Am I covers the ground with immense grace and delicacy” The Australian
“…impeccably performed by the dancers…Their precision in conjuring patterns with metallic sticks is remarkable.” Sydney Morning Herald
“Am I is that rare beast, a genuine collaboration between composer and dance-maker…a revelation” Limelight Magazine
“Am I submerges you in its universe completely but leaves plenty to ponder….” ★★★★ 4 Stars, The Guardian Australia
“A new polyglot tribe, shot through with contemporary sensibility and wry humour…In an era increasingly defined by irony, it’s almost impossible to resist a work that stands up and tells you that they think the world is beautiful and special. ” ★★★★ 4 Stars, Time Out, Sydney
“It is Parker using the performance space to ask the biggest questions, and what results is something transcendental and divine. This is a company determined to communicate, and the show speaks to audiences of all kinds.” Sydney Arts Guide
“In this work there is a sort of oscillation between intellectualism, anti-intellectualism, between romanticism and enlightenment. ” Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary
AM I had its World Premiere this week as part of the Sydney Festival at the Sydney Opera House and received a rousing welcome. All 5 shows at the Sydney Opera House sold out and received standing ovations from an excited audience.
The production received a 4 star review from the Guardian Australia and glowing reviews from Limelight Magazine and Suzy Wrong.
” …complex, layered and often playful – absorbing and rewarding to watch…
…I’d have happily turned around and watched this exciting new Australian work all over again.
Am I submerges you in its universe completely but leaves plenty to ponder…” Guardian Australia ****
“...a glorious musical and dance “fanfare for the common man”…
Nick Wales’ music, played live by the composer and six musicians… is a revelation…
it’s hard not to feel deliciously enlightened by this warm-hearted show.” Limelight Magazine
“Shaun Parker & Company continues to redefine Australian dance and identity…creat[ing] a new contemporary dance that is not only about Australia but also an international landscape…
… This is a company determined to communicate, and the show speaks to audiences of all kinds” Suzygoessee
A big thanks to the audience, our divinely talented cast and exceptional crew! Next to APAM and then the Adelaide Festival! See you there –
We have now reached just over 10% of our target on our Pozible campaign. We need your help to get over the line! We are raising much need funds to record the live album of AM I so that you, our supporters and audience members, will be able to take the album home and enjoy the music long after you’ve seen the production.
Composer Nick Wales and his incredibly talented ensemble create a highly unique, cult-like and at times gut-wrenching sound. Click on the link to see a short video and hear from our gifted musicians why they are so excited about this project. www.pozible.com/project/175303
Please help us if you can!
Help us create the original live album of AM I! AM I is a stunning, new live music and dance collaboration where world music and cult-like singing collide to create a gut wrenching sound scape.
Our goal is to raise $8,000 to enable us to record, mix and produce the live album of AM I, featuring 7 hugely talented artists that will be available for purchase in early February 2014. Click here for Pozible link.
In AM I, seven divinely talented and highly-skilled musicians, Nick Wales, Bree Van Reyk, Tunji Beier, Jess Green, Jason Noble, Alyx Dennison and Jessica O’Donoghue create a rich tapestry of redefined world music. South Indian and Yoruba sounds, Middle Eastern Percussion, Baglama, Ethnic Wind Instruments, Harmonium, Merimba, Rebec, Mouth Organ, Harmonica, Bass Clarinet, Electric Guitar and a mixture of voices are beautifully interwoven and expertly designed by Sound Designer Bob Scott.
The image above was taken from a recent creative development week in Mittagong, where this diverse ensemble gathered to create the music that will feature in the live stage production of AM I and on the live album recording. Visit soundcloud to hear music samples from the recent creative development.
To make our dream possible, we need the help of our friends, families, supporters and followers. We’re raising much needed funds through the crowd funding website Pozible and every little bit counts. We humbly appreciate your support to help us reach our goal. Here’s the link again http://www.pozible.com/project/175303
Thanks so much for your support!
Following the huge success of Shaun Parker & Company’s national tour of Happy as Larry, Shaun Parker returns to the Frankston Arts Centre in January for the Trigger Theatre Residency.
Frankston Arts Centre in partnership with Shaun Parker & Company presents:
Trigger Theatre Residency with Shaun Parker, January 20-24, 2013
This week long residency with acclaimed choreographer Shaun Parker will impart professional theatre skills development and offer daily class incorporating dance, yoga and physical theatre technique along with theatre making and self devising. It will provide an understanding of meaning, movement and dramaturgy, including the deconstruction of Parker‘s production Happy as Larry. Participants will study the concepts behind the work, unpacking the nine personality types that exist, which are based on the Enneagram – a scientific personality mapping system.
Involvement in this workshop is by application only.
Applicants for the week long intensive must be pre-tertiary, undergraduate or newly graduated to apply and be of advanced technical standard.
To apply please forward:
Please send all applications to: email@example.com
Please contact Geraldine Timmins, Associate Producer on (02) 9351 7939 if you have any queries regarding the submission of your application.
Applications close: NOVEMBER 22ND, 2013
Workshop dates: 20-24 January, 2014
Location: Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre
Last night the Adelaide Festival launched its 2014 program, which includes Shaun Parker & Company’s brand new production AM I. Shaun Parker & Company is thrilled to be part of the Adelaide Festival for the first time and to be returning to the Dunstan Playhouse where Happy as Larry played earlier this year. We can’t wait to be a part of this impressive program. www.adelaidefestival.com.au/2014/dance/am_i
Today we are very excited to announce the World Premiere of our new production, AM I, presented by Sydney Festival and the Sydney Opera House. Fourteen extraordinary musicians and dancers take to the Drama Theatre stage at the Opera House from 9-12 January 2014 as part of the Sydney Festival.
Am I is an arresting new music and dance collaboration by Director/Choreographer Shaun Parker and Composer Nick Wales.
AM I investigates the quintessential meaning of ‘I’.
Am I my tribe?
Am I my genetic blueprint?
Am I a random cosmological consequence?
Integrating live music, voice and dance, Am I features fourteen musicians, singers and dancers including international guest artist Shantala Shivalingappa (Pina Bausch, Peter Brook, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui). World music and cult like singing collide to create a gut wrenching sound scape.
GET IN EARLY!
Thursday 24-Sunday 27 October, 2013 single tickets can be purchased exclusively at the Sydney Festival Mini-hub at Town Hall. Sydney Festival are creating a interactive multimedia exhibition highlighting the key aspects of the program. At the Mini-hub you can discover this year’s musical offerings on the Festival jukebox, watch videos from some big events and delve deeper with some special exhibits relating to the 2014 program. You can even receive a guided tour by Festival Director Lieven Bertels every day between 24-27 October. Visit the Sydney Festival Website for more information.
24-27 October– Priority Booking Period – during this period you can only purchase Festival Multipacks via phone 1300 856 786 or via sydneyfestival.org.au/multipack.
Fairfax subscribers will be given the chance to purchase single tickets online over the weekend of 26-27 Oct, via a dedicated link through sydneyfestival.org.au.
28 Oct 9am – General sales open through all agencies
VIP DIRECTORS EVENING – JANUARY
Shaun Parker & Company are holding a VIP Director’s Evening presentation of Am I on Friday January 8. Receive a premium seat to Am I in the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre and be treated to an intimate post-show soiree at a stunning Sydney location where you will mingle with the Am I company and Shaun Parker & Company’s board and staff..
Tickets to the AM I VIP Director’s Evening are $125 and can be purchased HERE. Tickets may be purchased exclusively online through our website and will not be able via the Sydney Festival website.
We can’t wait to share this new work with you.
Last week TROLLEYS, Shaun Parker’s work involving 5 supermarket trolleys, made its Australian debut as part of Perth’s Awesome Festival. Choreographed by Shaun Parker, performed by 5 dancers from Perth’s Buzz Dance Theatre and set to a driving score by Nick Wales, TROLLEYS descended on the forecourt of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts for 6 performances last weekend.
In this immensely physical outdoor work, high-octane contemporary dance, acrobatics and street dance merge with the extraordinary world of the trolleys as they spin, glide and slide. Carts randomly appear. Two meet and fall in love, one lone cart grapples to find a friend, and three others revolt and ignite a dance of anarchy.
Congratulations to Buzz Dance Theatre and C-12’s Dance Theatre’s Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster on this Awesome run!
SPILL, Shaun Parker & Company’s free 30-minute outdoor production set in the playground, opened today as part of Sydney’s Art & About Festival, Sydney’s annual celebration of public art.
SPILL sees four dancers blaze a colourful trail across structures and landscapes of the children’s playground, set to a an electro pop score by composer Nick Wales and featuring four local dancers, Antek Marciniec, Eden Petrovski, Lewis Rankin and Joshua Thomson. SPILL combines quirky, dynamic street dance with high-energy street gymnastics and parkour. Kids will love it, grown ups will love it too!
SPILL, which has played 36 parks across the UK and featured as a ten-part series on BBC’s Space channel, now makes its Australian debut as part of Sydney’s Art & About Festival and will activate three very popular playgrounds in Camperdown, Ultimo and Alexandria.
20-23 September, Victoria Park, (opposite the Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd & Cleveland St), Camperdown, Sydney
26-30 September, Wentworth Park, (Cnr William Henry St & Wattle St) Ultimo, Sydney
4-7 October, Sydney Park, (Cnr King St & Sydney Park Rd), Alexandria, Sydney
Performances are at 10:30am and 12:30pm on each of these dates.
Performances will be followed by a workshop with company members where the audience get the chance to learn a brief section of the show.
Don’t miss out!
Visit here for more information.
SPILL, a free outdoor production choreographed by Shaun Parker set in children’s playgrounds, is coming to Sydney in September & October, as part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About Festival. SPILL will play 3 parks around Sydney – Victoria Park in Camperdown, Wentworth Park in Ultimo and Sydney Park in Alexandria. Kids will love it… grown ups will love it too!
SPILL is a highly playful and at times teasingly comical dance celebration of the child within. Combining quirky, dynamic street dance with high-energy street gymnastics and parkour, the dancers in this performance blaze a colourful trail across the structures and landscapes of the playground. Each performance is unique as the performers scrambles around, over, under and through swings, slides and roundabouts. Long-time Shaun Parker & Company collaborator Nick Wales creates a pulsating original score to accompany the twists, turns and leaps of this dynamic work.
Victoria Park, Campderdown 20-23 September, 10;30am, 12:30pm daily
Wentworth Park, Ultimo 26-30 September, 10:30am, 12:30pm daily
Sydney Park, Alexandria 3-7 October, 10:30am, 12:30pm daily
Each performance lasts 30 minutes and is followed by an audience participation workshop with the performers.
VOLUNTEER- Would you like to be a part of this Shaun Parker & Company show? We are looking for volunteers to help with the shows. Volunteers will be required to assist in the day to day operations of the performance work including guiding audience members to the best viewing spots and fielding enquiries. Sign up for just one or several days. Interested? Check out the event page below & register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shaun Parker & Company are so excited to be back in Adelaide! Happy as Larry plays the Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre this Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 August. Evening shows are at 7pm and there is one matinee on Thursday 15 at 12pm. Hope those in Adelaide can join us!
Click here to read the article in the Adelaide Advertiser
The Happy as Larry tour has got off to a great start, with shows in Orange, Newcastle and Bathurst this last week and The Cube in Wodonga on Saturday. Take a look at this article on performer Jana Castillo, who is originally from Wodonga. – http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1634272/jana-castillo-born-to-dance-photos/. Nice leap Jana!
Photo: Tara Goonan
Happy as Larry kicks off its 15 city tour of Australian today, beginning tonight at the Orange Civic Theatre. In the exceptional cast for this tour is Jana Castillo as The Performer, Toby Derrick as The Boss, Libby Montilla as The Observer, Josh Mu as The Optimist, Sophia Ndaba as The Mediator, Timothy Ohl as The Tragic Romantic, Marnie Palomares as The Perfectionist, Joshua Thomson as The Seducer and Lewis Rankin as The Devil’s Advocate.
Next up is Newcastle on Saturday 13, followed by Bathurst Wednesday 17. For full tour details hit the tour dates page, or visit www.shaunparkercompany.com/tour-dates.
Chookas to the whole Company!
Photos: Michele Aboud
On Monday 24 June CAPTIVATE and Shaun Parker & Company were nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children. Congratulations to everyone involved with this work, in particular our fabulous dancers!
Just five weeks until Shaun Parker & Company embark on a five state tour of Australia with the critically acclaimed dance production Happy as Larry.
Fresh from a sell out season at London’s Sadler’s Wells and an eleven-city tour of the United Kingdom and France, Larry returns to home soil!
Happy as Larry, the crowd-pleasing hit of Sydney Festival’s 2010 program is back to delight audiences with its exhilarating and moving journey about finding happiness.
Meanwhile, Shaun Parker and Nick Wales’ two outdoor works SPILL and TROLLEYS have just played the Dublin Dance Festival, Nottingham’s Whee! Festival, Festival Oldham and Kunsten op Straat festival in the East Netherlands. TROLLEYS is about to begin 7 performances across the UK.