KING

About the production

KING is a new music-dance collaboration between award winning director and choreographer Shaun Parker and internationally renowned Bulgarian-born songwriter and vocalist Ivo Dimchev that throws masculinity into the spotlight.

Set in a theatrical world that is part cocktail lounge, part jungle, KING interrogates the notion of male power, control and group dynamics amongst men.

Over 70 minutes the gestures and fault lines of macho behaviour are played out, scored with humour and tenderness by Dimchev’s live song cycle. From laddish pranks to violent annihilation, from bravado and bullying to attempts at loving kindness, we see the extremes of what a so-called “man’s world” has been, and are invited to consider its all too often brutal consequences.

The cocktail of Shaun Parker’s powerhouse choreography and Dimchev’s evocative compositions has left audiences mesmerised.

Creative Team

Choreographer, Director & Designer: Shaun Parker

Composer & Vocalist: Ivo Dimchev

Rehearsal Director: Josh Mu

Development Dramaturge: Veronica Neave

Lighting Designer: Benjamin Brockman

Horticultural Consultant and Jungle Design: Penny Hunstead

Artists

Samuel Beazley, Imanuel Dado, Toby Derrick, Ivo Dimchev, Joel Fenton, Harrison Hall, Damian Meredith, Libby Montilla, Joshua Mu, Robert Tinning, Alex Warren

Duration

75 minutes

Acknowledgements

Shaun Parker & Company’s 2019 Middle East and European Tour received grant funding from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations and was supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and through the Australia Council, its Arts Funding and Advisory Body. Thanks also to the Seymour Centre and major donor Penny Hunstead for their support.

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Further information and full technical specifications are available on request.

Press

If you want to be blown away by a choreographic language as gutsy and heart wrenching as Shakespeare’s poetry, don’t miss KING by Shaun Parker and Company.

Sydney Arts Guide

You could not get enough … Delightful provocation, raging applause.

Volksblatt, Austria

The mind boggles at the depth of thought and intellectual process that underlies Shaun Parker’s complex choreography.

Dance Australia

In a cocktail lounge where a live jungle rears up and licks at its edge, a tribe of Don Draper marionettes bounce, tumble, caper and whirl … [Dimchev’s] voice emerges as a rich, strange and gorgeous instrument. It coos, trills and purrs with an Eartha Kitt-enish coyness.

Audrey Journal

In the current environment of changing patriarchal structures, “KING” is a must see.

Fjord Review

The troupe reflects Australia’s multicultural heritage and the dancers are of diverse body types and ethnicities … The choreography is brilliant and engaging to watch.

Lebanon Daily Star

Weaving in and out of the jungle and layers of masculinity, love and control, the dancers’ strong and vulnerable movements, alongside Dimchev’s thoughtful composition, created a performance that beautifully portrayed anxiety and longing, often subsumed under normative masculinity and its focus on desire.

Backyard Opera

a milestone in more than one way, leaving an impact on everyone who has seen it.

Al-Ayyam, Ramallah

.. this is a dense and richly layered work that keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very end.

Dance Australia

King surely takes the crown.

Daily Review, Sydney

Tour Dates

SAT 13 APRIL 2019

Posthof, TanzeTage, Linz, Austria

WED 09 APRIL 2019

Citerne, Beirut International Platform of Dance (BIPOD), Beirut, Lebanon

MON 07 APRIL 2019

Al–Hussein Cultural Centre, Amman Contemporary Dance Festival, Amman, Jordan (Note: Little Big Man)

SAT 05 APRIL 2019

Municipality Theatre, Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival, Ramallah, Palestine (Note: Little Big Man)

WED 20 – SUN 24 FEBRUARY 2019

Seymour Centre, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, Sydney

Contact Details

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