First there was nothing. Then there was something. Using the Big Bang as a starting point. AM I takes audiences on an extraordinary journey through time. Back home in Australia, the Shaun Parker Company reached a huge audience with this life-affirming show. Now, finally, it's Stockholm's turn - welcome to a mesmerising scientific show about the inner workings of the human being.
With razor-sharp choreography, the AM I the human need to belong. Starting as particles, the dancers become humans asking the question of what is the meaning of life. With a mix of contemporary dance and ancient Shaolin Gong Fu movements, the seven dancers show the origins of mankind from a scientific perspective. The show's enchanting voiceover belongs to Shantala Shivalingappa. With mysterious arm and hand movements, she entices and charms the audience with stories about ourselves and our existence.
On stage is the composer Nick Wales a six-piece band that weaves together the different musical traditions of the world. The percussion-heavy music creates a spiritually charged atmosphere that counterbalances the synchronised and precise dancing. Damien Coopers The lighting design is phenomenal. A wall of light made up of hundreds of individually programmed lamps creates light images reminiscent of campfires, wandering synapses and the Big Bang.
About Shaun Parker Company
The company has quickly established itself on the international dance map. Their engaging and eclectic dance theatre often deals with themes of what it means to be human. They have won countless awards, including the Australian Dance Award for The Yard and Argus Angel in Brighton for Trolleys for the Without Walls Consortium.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Melbourne Festival. Shaun Parker & Company gratefully acknowledges the support of the Alexander & Lloyd Martin Family Foundation, UNSW Creative Practice Unit, Bankstown Arts Centre, Form Dance Projects and The Performance Space.