Audition Opportunity for NC-based Professional Dancers

We are seeking a diverse group of 20 advanced dancers between the ages of 20 and up to participate in rehearsals and performances of BIG BEATS by New York-based, “Bessie” award-winning choreographer and dancer, Joanna Kotze. Joanna will be in Durham for 2 weeks this October/November to set BIG BEATS in preparation for performances in Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill.

Danced to a driving sonic rhythm, BIG BEATS is the force of 20 performers doing complex, synchronized movement. These free performances will be open to the public and viewed in the round. Each performance takes place either outside or in an inside public area and is an invitation for viewers to stop and watch a group of people working together, dancing together, and being together.

This is rigorous unison movement that uses a lot of repetition and changes of direction. Please watch this video below. You will be learning this exact material: https://vimeo.com/621950517

Applications are due on September 10.

Selected dancers will receive $1000 per person total for rehearsals and performances, issued following the final performance.

Performers are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Applicants must be at least 20 years old and be fully vaccinated (booster included if eligible).

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Important Dates

September 10
Deadline to submit audition materials

September 19
Dancers notified about the selection process

October 19-23 and October 30-November 2
Rehearsals at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studio, Durham, NC

Various rehearsal periods will be available during each block of time to accommodate dancers’ schedules. However, dancers must be available for approximately 15-20 hours during each time block in order to learn all of the performance material.

November 3
Must be available from 3 PM through last performance

6 PM & 7 PM – 2 performances at the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham

November 4
Rehearsal at Southern Village in Chapel Hill

November 5
Must be available from 9 AM through last performance
12 PM performance in Raleigh (Location TBD)
4:30 PM & 5:30 PM performances Southern Village in Chapel Hill

November 6
Rain date for performances

Dancers must be able to participate in all tech rehearsals and performances on November 3 and 5 and hold November 6 as possible rain date.

Photo credit: Maria Baranova