The Overture Series

29 July — 25 October 2008


The Overture Series was devised as a showcase for a new and emerging generation of independent choreographers. The Company’s vision provides a platform for young artists to develop, refine and stage new work before Sydney Dance Company’s established audience.

The Overture Series sets out to provide the infrastructure and support that is often out of reach for emerging artists. Each choreographer selected for the series was given the opportunity to work with the Company’s dancers, with access to premium studio space for rehearsals as well as mentoring, technical production and marketing support.

Shaun Parker’s Love Instalment was an installation performance. The outcome of thirty-one hours of investigation dealing with the topic of love and desire. Inspired by the thematic elements of Euripedes’ Greek mouth Medea, Love Instalment draws surprising connections to the idea of romantic love in the 21st century. Featuring an arresting, live original score by Nick Wales and Bree van Reyk.

On his piece GO! Reed Luplau says: ‘There was this point in my life where something that I hold dear to my heart departed from me. It wasn’t life threatening, but it was the first time that I had felt this way and it was the first time this had happened to me. The emotions and feelings were so overpowering, I will find them hard to forget.  GO! is an expressive piece inspired by this event. It is my dedication to the past, and open for your personal interpretation. GO! is dedicated to the one who changed my life.’

Performance History

Love Instalment

29 July – 16 August, 2008
Preview Performances 25 & 26 July, 2008


8 – 25 October, 2008
Preview Performances 4 & 7 October, 2008


Love Instalment
Direction and Concept: Shaun Parker Choreography: Shaun Parker in collaboration with the dancers
Musical Direction: Nick Wales
Original Music Composition: Nick Wales and Bree Van Reyk
Costume and Stage Design: Tony Assness
Dancers: Simon Turner, Connor Dowling, Reed Luplau, Annabel Knight, Emee Dillon, Rani Luther, Teagan Lowe, Johanna Lee
Live Musicians: Nick Wales, Bree Van Reyk

Choreography and Direction: Reed Luplau
Music: Yann Tiersen, Mimetic, Nine Inch Nails
Set Design: Gerard Manion
Costume Design: Teresa Negroponte and Gemma-Lark Johnson
Lighting Design: Trudy Dalgleish
Cast: Chylie Cooper, Annabel Knight, Simon Turner, Chen Wen


“Shaun Parker created a mesmerising piece on relationships which was accompanied by a beautiful, ethereal sound scape that was played live, with both musicians and dancers up on scaffolding as the audience watched from below… The piece was a really beautiful and moving start to the night.” – Dance Informa 

“Another side to Luplau’s prodigious talent is seen in his short work Go!…It’s a punchy, strongly constructed piece with interesting and intricate partnering. All the dancers were wonderful.” – The Australian