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Tue Feb 28 - Sat Mar 4

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Tue Feb 28 - Sat Mar 4

Tue Feb 28 - Sat Mar 4

KING is a music-dance collaboration between award-winning Australian director/choreographer Shaun Parker, internationally renowned Bulgarian-born vocalist Ivo Dimchev, and nine outstanding dancers.

Set in a fantastical realm that is part elite cocktail bar and part jungle, KING interrogates the power systems that oppress and hinder the natural development of male sexuality and identity in a biting, yet humorous theatrical experience.

Parker’s highly physical and articulate choreographic world in KING intertwines with the scorching live sung narration of Dimchev’s deconstructed operatic and cabaret-esque vocals. The key protagonist and archetype in KING is observed as a naked man, and we witness the male body as a commodity for anthropological observation.

The juxtaposition of Dimchev’s gloriously sung counter-tenor against the male dominated world created in KING, provides a compelling counterpoint to the notion of the power and brutality found within the context of historic masculinity and socio-sexual-political structures.

As leading arts critic cis-female Maghie Ghali, from the Daily Star in Beirut, commented, “KING is a stunning canon!  Homophobia is interrogated… and the cast reflects Australia’s multicultural heritage, and the dancers are of diverse body types and ethnicities!”

KING is a ‘must-see’ production, and Sydney World Pride audiences will have the opportunity to witness the relaunch of KING before it heads overseas to festivals across Europe. Running alongside the season is an integrated Queer Mentorship program for emerging artists and producers led by Shaun Parker, developing our next generation of LGBTQIA+ artistic leaders.

Key artists
Artistic Director & Choreographer:  Shaun Parker
Composer & Vocalist: Ivo Dimchev
Orchestration:  Duane Morrison
Dramaturge:  Veronica Neave
Lighting Design:  Benjamin Brockman
Dancers:  Toby Derrick, Joel Fenton, Libby Montilla, Robert Tinning, Alex Warren, Samuel Beazley, Max Burgess, Harrison Hall, Imanuel Dado

Tickets from: $49
Corner City Rd and Cleveland St Chippendale, NSW 2008 Australia

Access parking is located on Maze Crescent within the University of Sydney and a short distance to the Seymour entrance. There is lift access to all levels of the venue. Wheelchair seating is available in all theatres, and fully accessible toilets are located on the ground floor. Hearing loops are available in the Everest and York theatres. The Seymour is a Companion Card affiliate. Cardholders must present their card when booking and attending a performance.

Seymour Centre has bathroom facilities and a range of food and beverage options available for purchase. They also recommend trying some of their favourite local restaurants and bars, which offer food and beverage deals for Seymour ticket-holders. More information at seymourcentre.com

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains nudity, physical violence, adult themes, sexual references, and haze smoke. Photography and filming prohibited.


Tue Feb 28
Sat Mar 4
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Seymour Centre and Shaun Parker & Company
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