About the production
KING is a new music-dance collaboration between award winning director and choreographer Shaun Parker and internationally renowned Bulgarian-born songwriter and vocalist Ivo Dimchev that throws masculinity into the spotlight.
Set in a theatrical world that is part cocktail lounge, part jungle, KING interrogates the notion of male power, control and group dynamics amongst men.
Over 70 minutes the gestures and fault lines of macho behaviour are played out, scored with humour and tenderness by Dimchev’s live song cycle. From laddish pranks to violent annihilation, from bravado and bullying to attempts at loving kindness, we see the extremes of what a so-called “man’s world” has been, and are invited to consider its all too often brutal consequences.
The cocktail of Shaun Parker’s powerhouse choreography and Dimchev’s evocative compositions has left audiences mesmerised.
Choreographer, Director & Designer: Shaun Parker
Composer & Vocalist: Ivo Dimchev
Rehearsal Director: Josh Mu
Development Dramaturge: Veronica Neave
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Brockman
Horticultural Consultant and Jungle Design: Penny Hunstead
Performers: Samuel Beazley, Imanuel Dado, Toby Derrick, Ivo Dimchev, Joel Fenton, Harrison Hall, Damian Meredith, Libby Montilla, Joshua Mu, Robert Tinning, Alex Warren
Shaun Parker & Company’s 2019 Middle East and European Tour received grant funding from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations and was supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and through the Australia Council, its Arts Funding and Advisory Body. Thanks also to the Seymour Centre and major donor Penny Hunstead for their support.
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