Four years in the making, Shaun Parker & Company is a small thriving dance company, based in Sydney at The Seymour Centre. Its founder Shaun Parker, a Monash University science degree graduate, turned dancer/choreographer is fêted for his dynamic, youthful work which ‘is so cutting edge it actually wanders off the edge of any single-word definition.’
The company is fast winning a larger audience base, both nationally and globally. Last year, the company’s work was presented in 149 performances, showcasing 5 productions in 11 countries to 64,468 people.
In 2013 the company's playful and poignant Happy as Larry sold out to packed houses at Sadler Wells, in London and in February 2015 the company were invited to perform AM I at the prestigious Movimentos Festival in Germany. From November 13 to 25 it will embark on an auspicious tour to Europe including Germany, Stockholm and Luxembourg with AM I, which blitzed the Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals in 2014, all quite a feat for such a young, small organisation.
Earlier in May the company was honoured to win the highly regarded Creative Talent Award at the NSW Creative Achievements Awards from over 10 finalists. Anthony Roberts NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, lauded Parker's company for its international success and for its work engaging young people.
Astoundingly, the company was recently announced as a finalist in the NSW Premiers Export Awards which will be announced on Wednesday October 28 at Star City, Pyrmont. The awards recognise excellence in the export of goods and services by NSW business and acknowledge the important contribution of businesses to the economy through job creation and increased prosperity for the community and for the state.
At the awards night, 11 of the company’s young performers from Western Sydney, aged from 13 to 21, will provide sole entertainment with a high-octane work which includes krumping and popping, highlighting the issues of school bullying. This performance exemplifies Parker's passion for mentoring young artists, offering them the opportunity to perform to wider audiences. Guests attending the Awards Dinner, include the Hon. Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW, Minister for Western Sydney and the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Minister for Sport, and other business leaders.
AM I was created by Shaun Parker, in collaboration with composer Nick Wales (Sarah Blasko, Sydney Symphony). It integrates live music, voice and highly physical dance, featuring fourteen musicians, singers and dancers including Bessie Award winning Indian dancer Shantala Shivalingappa.
AM I - NOVEMBER 2015 EUROPEAN TOUR
Fri 13 and Sat 14 Nov 7.30pm Ludwigshafen, Germany
Theaer im Plfalzbau, Belinserstr30, D-Ludwigshafen
Tues 17 Nov 8.00pm Ludwigsburg, Germany
Theater im Forum, Stuttgarerstr33-35, de-71638, Ludwigsburg,
Fri 20 and Sat 21 Nov 7.00pm Stockholm, Sweden
Dansens Hus, Wallingatan 21, S 11124 Stockholm
Tue 24 and Wed 25 Nov 8.00pm Luxembourg
Les Theatres de la Ville, 1, rond-point Schuman, L-2525 Luxembourg
AM I …A new polyglot tribe, shot through with contemporary sensibility and wry humour …bursting with cosmic ambition and joyous revelation… 4 Stars, Time Out, Sydney
Shaun Parker & Company has won two Australian Dance Awards, a Banksy Award, the Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography and the Argus Angel Award in the UK
‘As long as we have people like Shaun Parker creating shows, there is no need to fear for the future of arts in Australia. His work possesses a confidence and ingenuity that make him one of the most interesting artists in his field….’The Daily Telegraph