This latest work from one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed contemporary dance companies builds on Shaun Parker & Company’s reputation for combining hard-hitting cutting-edge choreography with theatrical invention and striking soundscapes.
King begins with a gathering of young men, a show of skill, a competition. The group impress each other with feats of prowess until one among them is singled out as leader.
From this playful introduction, Parker employs his trademark highly physical choreography in an articulate interrogation of male power, control and group dynamic to expose the brutality of macho ritual and the human toll of toxic masculinity.
Set in a fantastical realm – part cocktail-bar, part jungle, King is played out to a seductive original score, created and performed live on stage by Bulgarian singer-songwriter and performance artist Ivo Dimchev, who makes his Australian debut in the role of soulful cabaret crooner.