FOUND OBJECTS

FOUND OBJECTS is an epic, outdoor, family, dance-theatre work utilising everyday objects and five exceptional dance and physical theatre artists. Choreographed by Shaun Parker and set to a stunning orchestral score by composer Nick Wales, the work creates a highly physical, extraordinary urban world incorporating high-octane contemporary dance, acrobatics, street dance, parkour and seemingly ordinary objects. FOUND OBJECTS consists of SPIN, AXLE, HOVER and TROLLEYS.

 

SPIN – four friends playing basketball discover new and exciting worlds in an adventure that sees one ordinary basketball become the centre of an imaginative and thrilling adventure.

AXLE – a duet between a parkour performer and a remote-control car featuring a stunning elecro-acoustic score by Nick Wales. A dancer is chased, berated and bullied by a seemingly out-of-control remote-control car. Soon, the dancer realises the remote-control car is actually looking for friendship, and a series of epic and acrobatic vignettes ensue.

HOVER – A 20-minute, outdoor work for five dancers on Hoverboards, choreographed by Shaun Parker. Using breakdance, tutting, popping and krumping, Shaun Parker integrates these highly popular dance forms with the humorous and visually compelling trajectories of the hoverboards in an homage to Pop-Groups throughout the ages.

TROLLEYS – Part dance. Part ballet. Part outdoor spectacle. Five shopping carts randomly appear in a public space. Two meet and fall in love. A lone cart grapples to find a friend. Three others revolt and ignite a dance of anarchy. Trolleys spin, glide and slide in this highly physical outdoor performance work where high-octane contemporary dance, parkour, acrobatics and street dance merge with the extraordinary world of the trolleys. Featuring another beautiful orchestral work by Australian Nick Wales.

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Director/Choreographer: Shaun Parker

Composer: Nick Wales

Executive Producer: Andy Currums

Tour Manager: Joel Fenton

Performers: Libby Montilla, Samuel Beazley, Olivia Hadley, Romain Hassanin, Joel Fenton.

 

DURATION

50 minutes

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

FOUND OBJECTS has been supported by the Australian Government through the RISE Fund, the City of Sydney , the Inner West Council through EDGE GreenWay Residency, Mildura Rural City Council, Playing Australia (Australia Council for the Arts), Create NSW and Dexus Place Sydney.

“Totally amazing performance!! Thank you for enthralling myself, my children and my friends. If you haven’t seen it, do!!”

Audience member, Redlands Arts Centre 2021

 

“An amazing spectacle!  Great entertainment.  The most creative concept I have seen in a very long time!  Unique!”

Steve Hederics, Mildura audience member

 

“The incredible talent of Shaun Parker and his company of dancers is undeniable. TROLLEYS left us all wanting more, adding a little extra bounce to our step while grocery shopping now, as the joy lingers on long after the performance was over.”

Danielle Hobbs, Mildura City Heart

 

“Hover and Trolleys” came to us with precision timing.  Their artistry – mind blowing to our local audience, included the most extraordinary high quality engaging workshop offering.  Circumstance around Covid-19 delivered us this fortuitous gift, for which we are extremely grateful.”

Brad Rush, Redlands Performing Arts Centre

 

“Hover and the Shaun Parker and Co team delivered a really engaging, colourful audience pleaser for Cairns Festival 2021. The work was easy to manage, their team was able to fit in our with our busy Festival team, and the work filled a niche in our program that we think we now need to fill every year!”

Roz Pappalardo, Cairns Festival AD

 

“So lucky to have passed by Customs House just in time to catch the full hour of Shaun Parker & Company show. Who knew that a pas de deux between a man and remote control car could be so moving. Trolleys is stunning and dance on hover boards is joyous – especially to the Backstreet Boys.”

Audience member, Customs House Square 2022

 

“Stumbled across a great free performance by Shaun Parker & Company in front of Customs House. Kids loved the dance with the remote control car. I couldn’t stop laughing at the utter cheesiness of Hover.”

Audience member, Customs House Square 2022

 

“Thank you! Thank you for performing today! Thank you for creating the amazing pieces you did. Amaaaazing work. The kids, the elderly and the curious loved it.”

Audience member, Customs House Square 2022

Tour Dates

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, New South Wales

Gorman House, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Langtree Mall, Mildura, Victoria

Langtree Mall, Mildura, Victoria

Langtree Mall, Mildura, Victoria

Langtree Mall, Mildura, Victoria

Langtree Mall, Mildura, Victoria

Mildura West Primary School, Mildura, Victoria

Chaffey Secondary College, Mildura, Victoria

Balranald Central School, Hillston, New South Wales

Hillston Central School, Hillston, New South Wales

Hay War Memorial Hall, Hay, New South Wales

Hay War Memorial High School, Hay, New South Wales

Customs House Square, Sydney, New South Wales

Customs House Square, Sydney, New South Wales

Customs House Square, Sydney, New South Wales

Customs House Square, Sydney, New South Wales

Customs House Square, Sydney, New South Wales

Customs House Square, Sydney, New South Wales

Customs House Square, Sydney, New South Wales

Customs House Square, Sydney, New South Wales

Customs House Square, Sydney, New South Wales

Customs House Square, Sydney, New South Wales

Langtree Mall, Mildura, Victoria

Langtree Mall, Mildura, Victoria

Langtree Mall, Mildura, Victoria

Langtree Mall, Mildura, Victoria

Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, Queensland

Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, Queensland

The World Theatre, Charters Towers, Queensland

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.