KING is a new music-dance collaboration between award-winning Director / Choreographer Shaun Parker and internationally renowned Bulgarian-born Songwriter/Vocalist Ivo Dimchev.
Set in a theatrical world that 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.
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.
The world premiere season of KING appears as part of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.
Director & Choreographer – Shaun Parker
Composer & Vocalist – Ivo Dimchev
Dramaturge – Veronica Neave
Dancers: Toby Derrick, Josh Mu, Libby Montilla, Joel Fenton, Alex Warren, Samuel Beazley, Harrison Hall and Robert Tinning.
Photo Credit: Prudence Upton