22 Apr 2019 - 10 Dec 2021
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.
KING underwent a number of creative developments prior to its World Premiere Season at the Seymour Centre for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. It then toured to the Middle East and Europe in April 2019.
Shaun Parker & Company is currently seeking presenters in Australia and internationally for KING touring in 2020 and 2021.
Why would KING appeal to your audiences?
KING is an outstanding example of Shaun Parker’s choreography – an accessible blend of high quality dance, cabaret, extreme physicality and witty humour.
It features nine Australian dancers and vocals by Bulgarian cabaret star Ivo Dimchev. There’s highly synchronised runs, throws and flips, hand gestures (tutting), street dance and acrobatics.
The dancers perform in suits and the lush green jungle scene is embellished by a suspended chandelier.
KING evolved from Parker’s research into the XY chromosome. It explores male behaviour and its affect on others within our society at a time when we are reflecting on male behaviour and toxic masculinity
"We should see more of Shaun Parker. Five years in the making, his outstanding new, all-male dance work was over within 90 mesmerising minutes. Parker reportedly got little development support and no major festival gig, but this premiere of King stands tall within the current Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras program..... King is built on a remarkable dance/music collaboration and a highly theatrical, inventive and expressive choreographic approach" . Martin Portus, Daily Review 21 February 2019