WORKSHOPAUDITION for WAVE DANCE Project, an International Dance Project to be developed between Japan-Portugal-France directed by the Portuguese choreographer Rafael Alvarez / BODYBUILDERS.

Where: Ryogoku Bear, Tokyo – Japan

When: May 22 to 26, 2018

Deadline for applications: May 8


international contemporary dance project
artistic direction_Rafael Alvarez / BODYBUILDERS (Portugal)Open Call for DANCERS/PERFORMERS M/F from Japan or Southeast Asia RegionMay 22 – 26 (Tuesday to Friday, 19:00 – 22:00 + Saturday 16:00 – 21:00)
Final open studio lab presentation
May 26 (Saturday, 19:30) RYOGOKU BEAR, Sumida – TOKYO

WAVE DANCE PROJECT gives continuity to the research and dance creation project started by the Portuguese choreographer Rafael Alvarez / BODYBUILDERS in 2017 in Japan resulting on the presentation of the dance solo “IN THE RANGE OF A WAVE” in Tokyo (Ryogoku Bear and BUoY), Paris and Lisbon and recently at TPAM Fringe 2018 in Yokohama.

Rafael Alvarez / BODYBUILDERS is looking for 1 dancer M/F in Tokyo to work on his new dance project – creation of a dance duet. The piece will be presented in Tokyo, Lisbon and Coimbra (Portugal) and the creation process and rehearsals will be developed through short residency periods in Portugal, Paris, and Tokyo in June, July and November 2018 (dates to be fixed).

During this WorkshopAudition choreographer, Rafael Alvarez will share his latest research and creation inspired by the image of the “The Big Wave of Kanawaga” from Hokusai exploring movement relations between body and paper. Participants will have the opportunity to get in contact with his dance methodologies and his aesthetic on contemporary dance marked by a strong relation between movement and visual elements with a minimalistic, symbolic and poetic presence of the body and image on stage.

The workshop will focus on Contemporary Dance and Performance Art languages exploring improvisation and choreographic composition techniques crossed with video elements to be used on a video installation performance. A public work-in-progress open studio presentation will be organized at the end of the Workshop Lab sharing the work developed with all the participants.

Open to dancers/artists having a dance based background but also coming from other artistic backgrounds – working on a professional and/or amateur level.
The first phase of the project will start with a WorkshopAudition Lab to be held between May 22 and 26, 2018 at Ryogoku Bear in Sumida – Tokyo.
The workshop will be held in English (basic domain of English is preferable but not mandatory). All the participants need to be present during the entire length of the workshop (22-26 May).

The selected dancer to be invited to collaborate on Alvarez‘s new creation needs to be available to work and travel to Portugal and Paris for 2 to 3 periods of 15-30 days each along 2018 (dates still to be negotiated).
Travel costs, accommodation and artistic fee will be covered by BODYBUILDERS in charge of the production of the project.

Support in Japan. Embassy of Portugal in Tokyo / Camões – Portuguese Cultural Center in Tokyo
Support to Internationalization . Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Support in Residency. Ryogoku Bear (Tokyo), Rimbun Dahan (Malaysia), Le Carreau du Temple (Paris), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor), EIRA/Teatro da Voz (Lisboa).

To apply, please send an email to including your name, age, brief summary presentation stating your background and/or previous training or experience in dance and/or other art projects, photo and/ if possible links to videos or other visual material.

Application deadline: May 8, 2018 (limited number of participants)

WorkshopAudition Registration cost: JPY 4.000

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