News Audition Notice - Outdoor Dance Programme

11th August 2011

Dancers required for PLAYGROUND, a commission by renowned Australian Artist Shaun Parker

DanceXchange (dx), in partnership with Regional Dance Agencies DanceFest, Dancescape and Dudley Performing Arts, is leading on a substantial new Outdoor Dance Programme created for public spaces around the West Midlands from Summer 2011 to the end of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Autumn 2012. The project forms a major strand of the Dancing for the Games programme, connecting people with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through dance.

PLAYGROUND (working title) is an exciting commission by renowned Australian Artist, Shaun Parker (of Shaun Parker Company) created specifically for parks, taking dance to the heart of the region’s communities. This imaginative new work will use existing children’s playground equipment as the set, creating a family-friendly performance piece that can be toured to playgrounds across the West Midlands. It will also attach to a variety of existing local/community events including fetes, fairs and festivals where possible.

Performer requirements:
Male and female physical theatre performers x 4. This quirky commission takes place outside in a park setting and needs performers who are willing to work in a non-traditional theatre environment with experience and confidence. Performers must be versatile and have strong contemporary technique as well as improvisation and contact skills. Additional skills, such as street and hip-hop are welcomed and can be used in this work. Candidates must be available for the dates as listed below and be willing to move to Birmingham for the duration.

Timeframe: R&D:   w/c 24 October 2011 (3 days, tbc)
Creation period:  2-27 April 2012 (4 weeks)
Touring period:  5-21 May & 21 June - 15 July 2012 (6 weeks in 2 blocks) Possible additional dates outside of the West Midlands tbc

Payment: £425 per week
Accommodation provided in Birmingham (a self catering apartment) during R&D/Creation
Hotel accommodation + per diems (£20p/d) + travel expenses provided for touring

To apply:  Please send your CV and a head shot by post or email. Successful applicants will be invited to take part in an audition in Birmingham

Deadline to apply: Friday 30 September 2011

Audition date:  Friday 7 October 2011, Birmingham

Further info or apply: Hannah Sharpe, DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham, B5 4TB
T: 0121 689 1093 E:



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