Second Hand Dance collaborates with dancers, artists and the public to make thought provoking, joyful and highly visual dance performances for all ages.
We are currently seeking dancers for a new production, Getting Dressed, for children and families that delves into the movement and humour of clothes. How you put them on, take them off, share them and express yourself, your identity and your gender.
We are looking for 3 performers who are confident in contemporary technique, devising, collaborating and have a desire to work on a family dance production. We are particularly interested in performers who are confident in partner-work and lifting or with parkour/acro- experience.
Getting dressed by yourself is a huge milestone as a child; developing independence and the identity we choose to present to the wider world. The work will aim to subtly challenge the conventions, peer pressures and popular culture influences children encounter when starting school. We aim to be inclusive in our casting and are actively seeking applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and body types.
Audition workshops will take place on 19, 20 & 22 September in London.
Supported by Pavilion Dance South West, South East Dance, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Southbank Centre and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Rosie Heafford – Second Hand dance is a Pavilion Dance South West Playtime artist and South East Dance Company in Resdince. Produced by Claire Summerfield at www.tandemworks.uk
ABOUT THE AUDITION WORKSHOPS
Audition workshops will be run by Second Hand Dance Artistic Director Rosie Heafford and internationally renowned choreographer Erik Kaiel from Arch8. We expect all audtionees to be available for the full 3 day workshop process.
Monday 19 September – Open Audition with morning class, improvisatory tasks and physical workshop. At the end of the day, selections will be made for re-calls on 20 & 22 Sept.
Tuesday 20 September & Thursday 22 September – re-calls for selected applicants.
A small stipend will be able for those re-called towards travel costs.
We are looking for male and female performers with the following qualities:
- Excellent devising skills, willing to work collaboratively and quick to generate movement; an eye for detail and refining movement
- Confident with partner-work and lifts and excited about developing physically demanding movement as a group
- Interested in performing for and interacting with children and family audiences
- Willingness to explore working with clothes and discuss how we can translate themes of gender and identity to young audiences
REHEARSALS & TOURING
Creation Period: December 2016 – February 2017.
Touring: February – March 2017
£450 per week
The Creation and tour period is subject to confirmation of funding, anticipated for October 2016.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a CV, performance footage and a covering letter (or video application if you are less comfortable writing) explaining why you would like to work with us to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11th September 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 14th September 2016. Please let us know in your application if you have any access requirements.
ABOUT SECOND HAND DANCE
Second Hand Dance collaborates with dancers, artists and the public to make thought-provoking, joyful and highly visual dance performances for all ages. The work is often socially-engaged and presented in a range of spaces, from theatres to gardens, creating unique experiences for audiences. Previous projects include Dad Dancing co-produced with Battersea Arts Centre and Grass in association with the Unicorn Theatre. In 2016 Artistic Director Rosie Heafford received one of two shortlist awards at the Arts Foundation Children’s Theatre Awards.
ABOUT ERIK KAIEL
Erik Kaiel performs, choreographs and teaches throughout Netherlands, Europe, and the world. In Autumn 2016, 3 of his works are being presented by Dance Umbrella throughout the festival: Tetris, O Snap and No Man is an Island. In 2010, he won the Dutch national prize for choreographic talent, and the No Ballet competition in Germany.
Current projects include a co-production with Tanzhuis NRW/Het Lab (2012), a new cross-border collaborative work with Dutch and Belgian youth, & a series of public space performances in Cairo, Denmark and Sweden.
He is the artistic director of Crosstown Den Haag, a choreographic fellow at Danslab, and a faculty member at the Artez Dance Academy in Arnhem.