About the production

Hold new worlds in the palm of your hand …

Hip-hop dance meets gaming technology in this groundbreaking new work by Shaun Parker & Company. Conceived to engender emotional resilience in young people, IN THE ZONE features captivating new technology called AirSticks, which create live sound through movement. Developed with AirSticks co-creator, Alon Ilsar PhD, IN THE ZONE features Western Sydney hip-hop artist Libby Montilla and moves by award-winning choreographer Shaun Parker. With AirSticks technology in the hands of Libby Montilla, we enter the world of a video game through the dance forms of locking, popping, waving and body-ticking and self-triggered electronic soundscapes. IN THE ZONE takes gaming and escapism as a point of inspiration and celebrates the spectacular worlds that we can explore with technology today. It also examines the potential for loss of control through gaming, encouraging a renewed appreciation for nature. IN THE ZONE provides young audiences with the insight that they are much more in control of their own emotional responses than they think they are. Families, schools and young audiences (especially gamers) will be amazed by IN THE ZONE.



Director/Choreographer: Shaun Parker

Sound and Instrument Designer: Alon Ilsar

Dancer: Libby Montilla

Lighting Designer: Ben Brockman

Associate Dramaturg: Felicity Nicol

Production Manager: Imogen Bouchier

Video Production: Sean Bacon

Education Resource Writer: Olivia Karaolis



70 minutes including Post-Show Q & A




Primary School Years 2-6, Secondary School Years 7-10




Creative Arts (Dance and Music), Design and Technology, PDHPE, STEM



The development of IN THE ZONE and its premiere at Camden Civic Centre in 2019 was funded by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Western Sydney Strategic Opportunities Fund, with support from Camden Council.  IN THE ZONE was also supported in 2019 by the City of Sydney through its Cultural and Creative Grants and Sponsorship program.




Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance, Western Australia

Red Earth Arts Centre, Karratha, Western Australia

Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory

Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Cowra Civic Centre, Cowra, New South Wales

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, New South Wales

Hay War Memorial Hall, Hay, New South Wales

Theatre Royal, Balranald, New South Wales

Deniliquin High School, Deniliquin, New South Wales

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, New South Wales

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, New South Wales

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, New South Wales

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, New South Wales

York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia

Macarthur Auditorium, Camden Civic Centre – 7pm World Premiere

Education Resource

Download IN THE ZONE education resource below

View PDF

Contact Details
+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.