Hold new worlds in the palm of your hand. Hip-hop dance meets gaming technology in this ground-breaking new work.

IN THE ZONE is a new hip-hop dance collaboration featuring gaming technology, AirSticks, which create live sound through movement. Developed with AirSticks co-creator, Alon Ilsar PhD, IN THE ZONE features Western Sydney hip-hop artist Libby Montilla and directed and choreographed by award-winning choreographer Shaun Parker.

With AirSticks technology in the hands of Libby Montilla, we enter the world of a video game through the dance forms of locking, popping, waving and body-ticking and self-triggered electronic soundscapes. The stunning sound worlds that are created range from crunchy electronica, atmospheric strings, and funky drum loops to birds, and ocean soundscapes, all intrinsically linked to Libby’s outstanding body animation and as imaginative and limitless as they are funny and familiar.

IN THE ZONE takes gaming and escapism as a point of inspiration and celebrates the spectacular worlds that we can explore with technology today. It also examines the potential for loss of control through gaming, encouraging a renewed appreciation for nature.

IN THE ZONE provides young audiences with the insight that they are much more in control of their own emotional responses than they think they are. Families, schools and young audiences (especially gamers) will be amazed by IN THE ZONE.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
Technical Rating
C, D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party

-Simple set up. Bump In, Perform Same Day. -Company will provide own PA if required in smaller venues/community halls.

Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold Australian dance company that has exploded onto the international dance scene.

The company creates critically acclaimed dance productions, which are renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

Led by award winning Artistic Director and Choreographer Shaun Parker, his work is described as ‘so cutting edge it actually wanders off the edge of any single-word definition…’

Based in Sydney, the company has toured across Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Middle East, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Serbia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, and the UK, including a sold out season at London’s prestigious dance house Sadler’s Wells.

Shaun Parker & Company has won two Australian Dance Awards, a Banksy Award, and the Argus Angel Award in the UK.

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Unique Selling Point

• In the Zone embraces unique cutting-edge technology AirSticks, co-created by Alon Ilsar PhD. They equip dancer Libby Montilla to create a score of effects and music in real time as he moves. • This is youth and family-friendly performance making use of gaming technology. The sound world of the production reflects classic gaming environments – pong, space invaders, air guitar, combat zones, guitar hero – all in a humorous and immediately recognisable homage with broad appeal. • This is a solo production and it can be delivered flexibly in theatres of various dimensions or potentially in outdoor settings. (Note: Video is of outdoor show.)

Marketing Materials

Shaun Parker & Company can provide high quality digital files for the following: • Digital art work for A3 full colour poster • Digital art work for A4 program/ handbill • Digital art work for DL full colour flyer Plus • High quality edited video footage suitable for TVC • High quality shout out video footage featuring Shaun Parker and/or Libby Montilla • High quality edited video footages social media purposes (15 sec/1 min) • Media release template • Access to Shaun Parker, Libby Montilla and Alon Ilsar for interviews in the lead up to the production • Access to the touring party for Question & Answer pre-show • Digital education resource

Community Engagement

A workshop facilitator will travel with this production. Participant driven workshops will be made available in addition to the performance. These workshops will give participants the opportunity to explore the AirSticks technology and hip hop dance techniques such as Tutting, locking and popping and body waving that is used in the performance, as well as creating music live with the AirSticks whilst they move. Workshop participants will join Libby Montilla where he and the workshop facilitator will guide them and teach them how to interact with this fun, body-music technology and create their own sounds and augmented realities.

To maximize participation, the touring party is equipped to set up multiple devices and multiple headphones, and will assist participants with using the consoles.

Our high quality digital education resource will also assist schools to prepare students for IN THE ZONE and provide follow-up activities.