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 dynamics 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, Robert Tinning, Imanuel Dado and Damian Meredith
Photo Credit Prudence Upton