The Yard

About the production

This self devised work has been a collaboration between one of Australia’s leading dance theatre practitioners, Shaun Parker and teenage performers from Captivate in Western Sydney. Drawing inspiration from William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” and its analysis of human behaviour, The Yard extrapolates these themes and breathes new life into them by way of the Australian school yard. Ultimately finding unity in the diversity of culture, gender and ethnicity that pulsate in “the school yard”, The Yard is taught with the tension and humour of conflicts played out every day even as it celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Captivate is the performing arts unit of the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.

Creative Team

Director/Choreographer: Shaun Parker
Composer: Nick Wales
Rehearsal Director: Melanie Palomares
Production and lighting: Terri Herlings
Design: Shaun Parker

Performers: The teenagers of Captivate Western Sydney

Awards

Nominee 2013 Helpmann Award, Best Presentation for Children

Winner 2012 Australian Dance Award, Outstanding Achievement In Youth And Community Dance

Acknowledgements

THE YARD was first developed in 2011 by Shaun Parker & Company with participants from
CAPTIVATE, the Performing Arts Unit of the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta,
and with the support of Ars Musica Australia.

Critical Reviews

The Yard is both joyful and poignant, expressing a living contemporary dance language…a standout performance.

Dance Informa

It managed to capture the energy, spontaneity and unpredictability of the real thing… daring and interactive… astonishing.

Dance Australia

I have to truly applaud The Yard… Parker has created an engaging and beautiful dance performance set in the yard of a high school…with great attention to emotional detail; it is remarkable.

ABC Radio

…heartfelt… a moving experience

Sydney Morning Herald

Tour Dates

29 July – 9 August 2019: In-School Touring, Sydney, Australia

previous tours

In Schools in Sydney

Eat Your Heart Out Festival Railway Street, Liverpool, NSW

11am plus Q & A, Griffith Regional Theatre

10:30am and 1:30pm plus Q & A, Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

3pm Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne

7pm Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne

7pm Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne

1pm Arts Centre Melbourne

7pm Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne

1pm Arts Centre Melbourne

7pm Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne

1pm Arts Centre Melbourne

2018

25 August: Eat Your Heart Out Festival, Liverpool

22 July – 3 August: In School Touring, Sydney

8-11 May:  In School Touring, Sydney

7 May: The Seymour Centre, Sydney

2017

8 – 11 August: In School Touring, Sydney

2016

23 May: The Seymour Centre, Sydney

2015

19 – 23 October: In School Touring, Sydney

2014
Queensland Performing Arts Centre EDC’s SOLO series
Parramasala Festival, Parramatta
Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
Wagga Wagga Civic Centre
Griffith Regional Arts Centre

and special performances at:
Exodus Foundation Charity Gala
Westmead Children’s Hospital – The Starlight Foundation
Randwick Children’s Hospital – The Starlight Foundation

2012
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong
Northern Rivers Performing Arts Centre, Lismore
Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria

2011
Seymour Centre, 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

Shaun Parker & Company acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island elders, past and present.

Shaun Parker & Company prides itself on celebrating diversity, regardless of race, religious affiliation, gender identification or sexual orientation.