About the production
KING is a music-dance collaboration between award-winning Australian Director/Choreographer Shaun Parker, internationally renowned Bulgarian-born Vocalist Ivo Dimchev, and our ten outstanding dancers.
Set in a fantastical realm that is part elite cocktail-bar, and part jungle, KING interrogates the power systems that oppress and hinder the natural development of male sexuality and identity in the form of a biting, yet humorous theatrical experience. Parker’s highly physical and articulate choreographic world in KING intertwines with the scorching live sung narration of Dimchev’s deconstructed operatic and cabaret-esque vocals. The key protagonist and archetype in KING is observed as a naked man, and we witness the male body as a commodity for anthropological observation. The juxtaposition of Dimchev’s gloriously sung counter-tenor against the male dominated world created in KING, provides a compelling counterpoint to the notion of the power and brutality found within the context of historic masculinity and socio-sexual-political structures.
As leading arts critic cis-female Maghie Ghali, from the Daily Star in Beirut commented “KING is a stunning canon! Homophobia is interrogated…and the cast reflects Australia’s multicultural heritage, and the dancers are of diverse body types and ethnicities!”
KING is a ‘must-see’ production, and Sydney WorldPride audiences will have the opportunity to witness the relaunch of KING before it heads overseas to festivals across Europe. Running alongside the season is an integrated Queer Mentorship program for emerging artists and producers led by Shaun Parker, developing our next generation of LGBTQIA+ artistic leaders.
Choreographer, Director & Designer: Shaun Parker
Composer & Vocalist: Ivo Dimchev
Orchestration: Duane Morrison
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Brockman
Dramaturge: Veronica Neave, Felicity Nicol
Horticultural Consultant and Jungle Design: Penny Hunstead
Performers: Samuel Beazley, Max Burgess, Imanuel Dado, Toby Derrick, Ivo Dimchev, Joel Fenton, Harrison Hall, Damian Meredith, Libby Montilla, Robert Tinning, Alex Warren
Original Cast: Samuel Beazley, Imanuel Dado, Toby Derrick, Ivo Dimchev, Joel Fenton, Harrison Hall, Damian Meredith, Libby Montilla, Joshua Mu, Robert Tinning, Alex Warren
With the generous support of the Australia Council for the Arts, the New South Wales Government, Create NSW, City of Sydney and Inner West Council. Thank you also to Seymour Centre and Sydney WorldPride Arts.
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