Shaun Parker & Company

In the Zone

by Shaun Parker


Hold new worlds in the palm of your hand. Hip-hop dance, electronic soundscapes and augmented reality propel this new work by Shaun Parker and Company, allowing street-dancer Libby Montilla to create live sound and take audiences on an adventure as he dances.  

Performer Libby

“Sophisticated, trendy and unique”

Audience Member, Parramatta Lanes

Contemporary dance meets gaming technology in this groundbreaking new work by Shaun Parker & Company. Conceived to engender emotional resilience in young people, In the Zone features captivating new technology called AirSticks. Awardwinning choreographer Shaun Parker will collaborate with Dr Alon Ilsar PhD who created the AirSticks: new hand-held gaming remote controls, which allow the user to trigger sound through movement. The performance and technology will provide young audiences with the insight that they are much more in control of their own emotional responses than they think they are. Children, teenagers and families will love In the Zone, performed by hip-hop and street dancer Libby Montilla.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Libby Zyrel Montilla is a graduate of CAPTIVATE. Libby migrated to Australia with his family as a young boy from the Philippines and joined Shaun Parker & Company’s youth program ‘The Yard’ in 2011. From 2012-2019, Libby has toured regionally and internationally Parker’s works ‘The Yard’ touring schools from 2015 onwards whilst also teaching workshops to young adolescents from different age groups through primary and high school. In 2016 Libby led Parker’s ‘TUT’ for Art and About City of Sydney and performed in Parramatta Lanes late 2017, teaching workshops and coleading preparations for the performances. In 2016 Libby had the opportunity to teach a TUT workshop for students in Kaohsiung, Taipei alongside Shaun Parker. Libby recently toured the Middle East and Western Europe with the company’s new work KING.

Alon Ilsar is an award-winning Australian drummer, composer, sound designer and instrument designer. He is co-designer of a new interface for electronic percussionists called the AirSticks, using the instrument in projects such as The Hour and The Sticks, Kind of Silence (UK), Velize (US), Cephalon (US), Aether (US), Voyager (US), Bondi Dreaming, Silent Spring, Monotreme (US) and Brian Campeau. He has been heavily involved in theatre and film as drummer, composer and sound designer. His diverse projects include Belvoir Theatre’s ‘’Keating the Musical’, Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘Mojo,’ Scottish production for deaf and hearing audiences ‘Kind of Silence,’ Meow Meow with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Cumming, Jake Shears, Eddie Perfect, Tim Minchin, and Circus Monoxide as musical director. Alon has completed a PhD in instrument design through the University of Technology, Sydney’s Creativity and Cognition Studios, under the supervision of Andrew Johnson. He recently completed a one-year artist residency at Brooklyn College’s PIMA in New York working on new collaborations with musicians, visual artists and dancers such as Sanna, Dana Lyn and Hannah Cohen of Neshamah Dance Company.

Shaun Parker is an award-winning choreographer whose work has toured the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and across Australia. A student of the Mildura & District Ballet Guild and the Victorian College of the Arts, his performing career as a dancer and counter-tenor spanned seventeen years both nationally and internationally. Parker’s works include KING (Sydney Mardi Gras Arts Festival), AM I (Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals), Happy as Larry (Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, and New Zealand Festivals, UK tour including Sadler’s Wells, La Reunion, Serbia, Austria and the Middle East), This Show Is About People (Sydney and Melbourne Festivals), The Yard (NSW and Vic tours), Divine Harmonies (Tasdance), My Little Garden (Barossa International Music Festival), Blue Love (Australia, New Zealand and Singapore), and Tenebrae III (The Song Company), Spill (London Cultural Olympiad, Art & About) and Trolleys (Without Walls, UK, Art & About). Other work includes creative developments with Australian Theatre of the Deaf and the National Aboriginal & Islander College (NAISDA).

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CREDITS

Director/Choreographer Shaun Parker 
Composer Dr Alon Ilsar
Dancer Libby Montilla 


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