Dance mentorship leads to a decade-long relationship

Joel Fenton joined Shaun Parker and Company in 2013 and will be part of its forthcoming European tour.

KING, the current dance production from Shaun Parker and Company is about to tour Europe after a recent successful run at Sydney’s WorldPride. It is hauntingly moody, showcasing a diversity of masculinities and body types moving hypnotically, either naked or in black tie, to the sonorous vocals of Bulgarian-born Ivo Dimchev. One particularly captivating dancer is Joel Fenton. 

Ten years ago, Fenton was the recipient of an Australia Council JUMP Mentorship, a program designed to partner emerging artists with industry professionals. The mentorship germinated a special relationship with Shaun Parker that endures today. It has been, as Fenton describes it, ‘the gift that keeps on giving’. Since 2013, he has featured in multiple productions and projects by the company.

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Anna Westbrook is an interdisciplinary queer feminist storyteller, critic, creative producer, poet, and freelance educator, currently working on her second novel and a collection of essays. She has a PhD in writing from the University of New South Wales and is the author of Dark Fires Shall Burn.