This Show Is About People
This Show Is About People is a daring music-theatre-dance collaboration between dancer-choreographer and counter-tenor Shaun Parker and the renowned musicians and vocalists Mara and Llew Kiek. In the theatrical production the audience observes a group of strangers found in a transit lounge who are compelled to question their belief systems and the fundamental aspects of humanity. Robust, high-impact dance is layered with intricate gesture and fused with a sensitive array of live music. Drawing surprising connections between experiences both intense and peaceful, vigorous and gentle, This Show Is About People shows us how our sense of fun and capacity for joy depends as much on other people as on ourselves.
Shaun Parker’s unique choreographic language is a result of his distinctive creative history spanning singing, acting, directing, writing, design and choreography. As a dancer and counter-tenor, Parker has worked across music, dance and theatre, appearing in Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre, Force Majeure, The Song Company, Chunky Move, Sydney Theatre Company, Sasha Waltz in Berlin, Meredith Monk in New York and Compagnie ALIAS in Switzerland. Parker’s work has toured throughout Australia, Germany and Asia and in 2006 he was awarded the Robert Helpmann Scholarship for choreographic research.
The other worldly soundtrack produced by CODA's Nick Wales and Mara & Llew Kiek features Bulgarian and medieval music and shepherds them into a chillingly contemporary setting to express the depth and complexity of emotional and spiritual ideas broached in This Show Is About People.