AM I

About the production

This stunning collision of dance and live music investigates the quintessential meaning of ‘I’. Am I my tribe? Am I my genetic blueprint? Am I a random cosmological consequence?

Am I is both at once a perpetual question and a tantalising statement.

Shaun Parker’s gripping choreography is beautifully set against composer Nick Wales’ rich tapestry of reinvented world music performed by fourteen extraordinary musicians and dancers, including guest artist Shantala Shivalingappa.

“… it’s hard not to feel deliciously enlightened by this warm-hearted show”
Limelight Magazine

Creatives

Director & Choreographer   Shaun Parker
Composer   Nick Wales
Dramaturge   Veronica Neave
Co-Design   Damien Cooper & Shaun Parker
Lighting Design   Damien Cooper
Sound Design   Bob Scott
Costume Design  Anna Tregloan
LX Programmer   Pat Smithers
Rehearsal Director  Craig Bary
Production Manager   Guy Harding
Stage Manager   Terri Herlings

Dancers/Collaborators: Josh Mu, Sophia Ndaba, Jessie Oshodi, Marnie Palomares, Melanie Palomares, Shantala Shivalingappa, Julian Wong, Carl Tolentino (understudy)

Musicians/Collaborators: Tunji Beier, Alyx Dennison, Jess Green, Jason Noble, Jessica O’Donoghue, Bree Van Reyk, Nick Wales

Understudies/Secondments: Manuel Dado, Carl Tolentino, Robert Tinnings, Samuel Beazley, Thomas E. S. Kelly, Jess Wong, Yilin Kong, Ashley McLellan, Claire Leske, Sarah Mealor

Photo: Michele Aboud

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., Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Melbourne Festival. 

Shaun Parker & Company gratefully acknowledges the support of the Alexander & Lloyd Martin Family Foundation, UNSW Creative Practice Unit, Bankstown Arts Centre, Form Dance Projects and The Performance Space. 

Press

Meticulous, elegant and sophisticated

The Australian

Big questions are deftly explored in this exquisite and breath-taking production… AM I is one beautiful arts experience

Radio Adelaide

A glorious musical and dance ‘fanfare for the common man’…AM I is that rare beast, a genuine collaboration between composer and dance-maker…a revelation!

Limelight Magazine

…I’d have happily turned around and watched this exciting new Australian work all over again.

★★★★ 4 Stars, The Guardian Australia

…A new polyglot tribe, shot through with contemporary sensibility and wry humour …bursting with cosmic ambition and joyous revelation…

★★★★ 4 Stars, Time Out, Sydney

Shaun Parker & Company continues to redefine Australian dance and identity…Parker is 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

Parker was after a fusion of science and art, and in this, he succeeds in full measure. Bravo

The Advertiser, Adelaide

Jaw-droppingly spectacular.

FBI Radio

The music by composer Nick Wales is quite succinctly, sheer brilliance

Explore Dance

AM I is a truly exquisite work of story-telling, devised with brilliantly insightful creativity. In a time of social division, political fear-mongering, and an increasing dilution of intimate connection and personal identity, AM I reminds us that we are all of the same space, time and matter; an indivisible whole of Am.

★★★★ 4 and 1/2 Stars  Melbourne Arts Fashion

Am I is a compulsive and expansive neurological fairy tale…stunning!

Dance Australia

Choreographer Shaun Parker is a major figure in the Australian contemporary dance landscape.

Australian Stage

Tour Dates

Previous Tours

Gravity Geeks Festival - Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW

Les Theatres de la Ville, Luxembourg

Les Theatres de la Ville, Luxembourg

Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden

Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden

Theatre im Forum, Ludwigsburg, Germany

Theatre Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Theatre Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen, Germany

8:30pm George Town Festival, Penang, Malaysia

8:30pm George Town Festival, Penang, Malaysia

8pm Movimentos Wolfsburg Germany

8pm Movimentos Wolfsburg Germany

8pm Movimentos Wolfsburg Germany

8pm Movimentos Wolfsburg Germany

3pm The Coopers Malthouse Merlyn Theatre

3pm The Coopers Malthouse Merlyn Theatre

7.30pm The Coopers Malthouse Merlyn Theatre

1pm The Coopers Malthouse Merlyn Theatre

7.30pm The Coopers Malthouse Merlyn Theatre

7.30pm The Coopers Malthouse Merlyn Theatre

2pm Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Festival

7pm Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Festival

7pm Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Festival

7pm Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Festival

Australian Performing Arts Market, Brisbane Powerhouse

4:00pm Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre

4:00pm Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre

8:15pm Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre

8:15pm Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre

8:15pm Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre

2014

  • Sydney Festival at Sydney Opera House
  • Australian Performing Arts Market
  • Adelaide Festival at Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Melbourne International Arts Festival

Contact Details

info@shaunparkercompany.com
+61 2 9351 1941
C/O Seymour Centre, PO Box 553 Broadway NSW 2007
ABN 40 146 251 989