Shaun Parker & Company
Shaun Parker & Company is one of Australia’s most wide-reaching companies; it is an innovator and pusher of boundaries. Amongst the cohort of Australian dance companies, it punches above its weight in terms of international touring and engagement with young people. Although a small company with limited resources, its output is comparable to some of the major performing arts companies. Its work takes place on the stages of major international festivals as a result of its artistic and dramaturgical rigour, but resonates as strongly in public spaces, regional Australia and among high school students. The work is widely accessible and has broad appeal, and its intrinsic relationship to music is a particular feature.
Led by award winning Artistic Director and Choreographer Shaun Parker, the company also has a role in providing emerging dancers with opportunities to develop their skills and provides ongoing employment. Over the past 3 years, Shaun has mentored Indigenous choreographer Thomas E S Kelly, and other emerging choreographers Imanuel Daddo and Lewis Major. The company also employs and develops the skills of many young producers, production staff and creative collaborators.
Based in Sydney, the company has toured across Australia, Malaysia, the Middle East, Serbia, Austria and the UK, including a sold out season at London’s prestigious dance house Sadler’s Wells. The company has won two Australian Dance Awards, a Banksy Award, the Argus Angel Award in the UK and a Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children.
Most recently the company’s new work AM I, toured the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals, winning a Green Room Award for Choreography. It was also invited to the MOVIMENTOS Festival in Germany, and will tour to Malaysia, Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden.
The company continues to contribute to the professional development of its key ensemble of dancers to an international standard through their participation in numerous creative developments, performances and touring.
Shaun Parker - Bachelor of Arts (VCA)