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
RECOMMENDED AGE GROUPS
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.