SHAUN PARKER & COMPANY
|WORLD PREMIERE||JAN 2019, SYDNEY FESTIVAL|
|LENGTH OF THE PERFORMANCE||60 MIN|
|ON STAGE||8 DANCER AND IVO DIMCHEV|
Set in a theatrical world which is part cocktail lounge, part jungle, King interrogates the notion of male power, control and group dynamic amongst men. Teasing out patterns of behaviour of the cis-hetero-alpha-male against homosexual, bisexual and pansexual perspectives, Parker's highly physical and articulate choreographic world in King will be intertwined with the scorching live sung narration of Dimchev’s deconstructed cabaret-esque vocals. Dimchev shall provide a sung commentary on the work as it progresses, not only detailing the socio-sexual-political trajectory of the work, but also revealing the theatrical form and psychology of the work. The key protagonist and archetype in King will be observed as a naked man, which will be created by, and instructed by Dimchev as the work progresses, and we shall witness the male body as a commodity for observation. Dimchev, as the gender-neutral narrator, creates a kingdom of men commenting on toxic masculinity. The juxtaposition of Dimchev’s androgynous counter tenor vocal narration against the male dominated world created in King, will provide a compelling counterpoint to the notion of power and brutality found within the context of historic masculinity and socio-sexual-political structures.
King shall deliver a biting, yet humorous theatrical expose, giving a well-deserved ‘nod’ to a society in revolt against an exhausted patriarchy.