In The Zone

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In The Zone

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 01 June 2021
Category Live Event

Riverside Theatres presents
Shaun Parker & Company’s

“Highly recommended to the young and anyone with an interest in gaming and/or new technologies.” – Dance Australia

Hip-hop dance meets gaming technology in this ground-breaking new work by Shaun Parker & Company!

Conceived to engender emotional resilience in young people, In the Zone features captivating new technology called 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 moves 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 which include crunchy electronica, atmospheric strings, funky drum loops and more natural sounds of birds, ocean waves and nature. The sound design is all intrinsically linked to Montilla’s outstanding body animation and storytelling.

In the Zone takes gaming and escapism as a point of inspiration and celebrates the spectacular worlds that we can explore with technology today and 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.

“Groundbreaking new work!” – ArtsHub

Please Note:
This show contains smoke haze. There is a lockout at the commencement of this piece and latecomers will be admitted at the first appropriate moment in the show and may be seated in different seats to minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons.

Recommended for ages 8+

*Please contact Box Office directly for group bookings of 8 or more, email or call 8839 3399.
*1 free teacher per 20 students, or $19 for any additional.

Please Note:

Tickets to this event are sold to 100% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. NSW Health strongly recommends you wear a mask when you are inside places where it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Please note that NSW Health regularly updates areas where there may be concerns regarding potential case transmission of COVID-19.  Prior to attending your performance, we suggest patrons check the latest Case Alert Updates from Health NSW and follow the instructions regarding Close Contacts and requirements for self-isolation and/or COVID testing as stipulated by Health NSW and the current NSW Public Health Orders. Please note that patrons who have visited any identified alert area must NOT attend public performances or gatherings of any type. If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email

Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: defined audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces.

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It is also important that if you are unwell you stay at home. We have updated our ticket conditions and our Box Office team are available to talk through possible exchange and refund options. You can contact the Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or email

Thank you for keeping our community safe.

Shaun Parker

Artistic Director/Choreographer

Shaun Parker is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, actor and countertenor whose work has spanned film, television and live theatre productions. He is Artistic Director of Shaun Parker & Company, which he founded in 2010.  Born on a grape-growing property in Mildura, and a graduate of the VCA, his works have toured to 21 countries including Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Austria, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Belgrade, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, USA, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK. These works include: KING, ReMOTE, In The Zone, Am I, Happy As Larry, This Show is About People, The Yard, SPILL, TROLLEYS, Rika’s Story, My Little Garden, Blue Love, TUT, Love Installment, Tenebrae III and the award winning short films ‘The Love Trilogy’ and ‘NO’.

Parker won an Australian Dance Award for both This Show is About People and The Yard, the Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography, a Green Room Award for AM I, the Argus Angel Award (UK), the Bearer of Hope Award (Germany), the Banksy Award (New Zealand), the NSW Premier’s Creative Achievement Award. Shaun was nominated for three Helpmann Awards and the NSW Premier’s Export Awards and awarded a Fellowship of the AMPA in 2019.  In 2020, the company was nominated for the Favourite Kid’s Art Content in the Time IN Awards for its digital engagement programs.

Alon Ilsar

Sound and Instrument Designer

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.

Libby Zyrel Montilla

Dancer and Collaborator

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 co-leading 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.

Benjamin Brockman

Lighting Designer

Ben is an award-winning Lighting Designer who works both nationally and internationally.

Ben’s Lighting Design Credits Include: Griffin Theatre Company: Replay, Diving For Pearls, 2016 Season Launch, 2018 Season Launch; For Ensemble Theatre: Tribes, The Big Dry, The Plant, Neville’s Island, Baby Doll; For Darlinghurst Theatre Company: Broken, Detroit, Mother Fucker With a Hat, Tinder Box; For NTOP: The Girl/ The Woman; For Apocalypse theatre: Metamorphoses, Angels In America part 1 and 2; For Mad March Hare: Eurydice. You Got Older, Bengal Tiger at Baghdad Zoo, Belleville, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Shivered; For Bakehouse Theatre Company: Dresden, Visiting Hours, The Laden Table, Jatinga, Straight; For Bontom: Chamber pot Opera (Sydney Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe Festival); For Squabbalogic: Herringbone, Grey Gardens The Musical, Mystery Musical, Man of La Mancha; For Spark Youth Theatre; Political Children; For Unhappen: Mr. Kolpert, and Cough, Animal/People.

More recently Ben has designed for Shaun Parker & Company’s KING and their new work IN THE ZONE, and with Legs on the Wall for The Raft.

Director and Choreographer – Shaun Parker

Sound and Instrument Designer – Alon Ilsar

Dancer and Collaborator – Libby Montilla

Lighting Designer – Benjamin Brockman

Associate Dramaturg – Felicity Nicol

Production Manager – Imogen Bouchier

Live Stream Production – Sean Bacon

Executive Director – Beverly Growden

Project Producer – Shiya Lu

Years 5 – 10 (Stage 3 – 5)

According to the exemption under the public health order (COVID 19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 (NSW) under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), issued on February 1 2021, organised groups who enter a premises as part of a school, child care, aged care or disability group are not required to provide the premises with contact details of every person in their group. This is subject to the following conditions:

  • It is duty of the group organiser (teacher or carer) to keep an electronic record of the entire group and their contact details for 28 days after the event.
  • The group organiser must provide the premises (Riverside Theatres) with at least two contacts to make available to NSW Health.

Curriculum Links and Resources

Download the Curriculum Links here: In The Zone Curriculum Links

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Access Points

Language: None
No text or dialogue is used in this performance.

This production has a strong music focus.

Visual Cues
This production has strong visual cues giving students a different reference point for comprehension of the narrative or subject matter.

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