The Natya Project is exploring the possibility of piloting a Bharatanatyam touring company with dancers aged between 18 and 30 years. The project will take place between 30 July and 19 August 2018 and will be based in Birmingham.

The Natya Project is seeking 5 talented and committed Bharatanatyam dancers aged between 18 and 30 to take part in this project. The selected dancers will have an opportunity to work with established dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel and actor / director and choreographer Shane Shambhu.

This is a pilot training project, offering talented Bharatanatyam dancers who are not yet working professionally, a period of full time training, together with the chance to work in an ensemble format in a professional company environment. Dancers will be provided with accommodation, per diems, costs for 1 return trip (2nd class) to Birmingham and a stipend of £150/ week. Dancers will need to be available for all rehearsals and performances.

The auditions will be held in Birmingham at DanceXchange, Thorp Street Birmingham B5 4TB on Saturday 19th May between 1.30 and 6 pm. They will consist of a class and short tasks with each of the choreographers and we are hoping that the experience will in itself be enriching for participants. Dancers do not need to prepare any material for the audition.

To attend the auditions, please send an email with a short paragraph explaining why you are interested in the project, together with a short CV to magdalen.gorringe@gmail.com by 2pm on Monday 14th May 2018. Please note that we are unable to cover travel costs for auditions. While the project is seeking dancers from across the England, space will be reserved for 2 West Midlands based Bharatanatyam dancers. Please address any queries to magdalen.gorringe@gmail.com, with subject line The Natya Project.

The Natya Project is led by Bharatanatyam dancer and PhD researcher Magdalen Gorringe. The project supported by Dance Hub Birmingham in partnership with Birmingham City University, Birmingham Hippodrome Projects, Birmingham Royal Ballet, DanceXchange, Midlands Arts Centre and Sampad Arts.