Rhiannon Faith Company is casting Dance Theatre Performers for new work, DROWNTOWN.

Where: Online, London, Birmingham, UK Tour

When: Rehearsals start: w/c 15 February 2021
Premiere: 16 March 2021
Performance dates across March and May 2021

Deadline for applications: Monday 11 January 2021, 10:00am

Gritty dance theatre that casts light on people suffering from social isolation, DROWNTOWN holds a mirror up to community breakdown with tenderness and honesty.

Due to COVID-19 and delays to touring dates, Rhiannon Faith Company is now seeking performers for the 2021 UK tour.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Rehearsals start: w/c 15 February 2021

Premiere: 16 March 2021

Performance dates across March and May 2021

Paid at Equity/ITC rates (plus travel, accommodation and per diems)

What we are looking for:

–Professional, unique and powerful contemporary dancers

–Dance artists who work well in response to tasks, with strong devising & improvisation skills

–Professional experience working with live text

–Happy working autobiographically

–An interest in activism

Applications are actively encouraged from artists who reflect a diverse modern world. We are seeking dancers who share the same values and guiding principles as our company. Please ensure you have read about our values here. Rhiannon Faith Company is an Equal Opportunities employer.

ROLES:

We are casting performers for very specific characters within DROWNTOWN. The chosen performers agree to inform their character using their own life experiences and autobiographical stories. We are looking for kind, authentic performers who are able to access their emotions through dance and share them with a live audience.

Role 1: Unique Contemporary Dancer

Age range: 20s – 40s

Accents: Regional (Large speaking role)

Person to play male role

Description: Working class, contemporary dancer who is excellent with text. Comes across charismatic, likeable, strong and laidback, but carries darkness, rage, pain and vulnerability within.

Role 2: Fierce Contemporary Dancer

Age range: 20s-40s

Accents: Not applicable as non–speaking role

Person to play female role

Description: Powerful contemporary dancer for a physically challenging role. Comes across contemplative and knowing, carries great grief, loss and sadness. Angry, scared and vulnerable.

Role 3: Contemporary Dancer with Acrobatic skills (F)

Age range: 20s–40s

Accents: Regional (Small amount of text)

Person to play female role

Description: Exciting contemporary dancer with ability to trick/flip for a physically challenging role. Comes across in-control. Is gentle, scared and lost but full of hope.

Role 4: Contemporary Dancer with with Acrobatic skills (M)

Age range: 20s – 40s

Accents: Any (Small amount of text)

Person to play male role

Description: Strong, athletic contemporary dancer with ability to trick/flip for a physically challenging role. Clowning experience would be advantageous. Comes across as gentle and kind but experiences severe anxiety and finds it hard to use their voice. A contemporary sad clown.

AUDITION INFO AND DATES:

Audition: Monday 18 January 2021, ONLINE

The audition will involve a movement based warm up, learning a short piece of company repertoire and delivering text.

Callbacks: Wednesday 20 January 2021, ONLINE

ABOUT DROWNTOWN:

Six strangers, weighed down by individual darkness, come to a coastal land. Seemingly abandoned, there is no one to help but themselves. Stuck between the remains of a broken community and the vast bleakness of the sea, they struggle with isolation, shame and failed support systems.

Gritty dance theatre, with autobiographical testimonials and text, this timely performance gives voice to the vulnerable and unheard. With tenderness and honesty, DROWNTOWN holds up a mirror to a society at tipping point.

Choreographer Rhiannon Faith makes socially conscious work that raises awareness and lobbies for change. She asks here how we can champion authentic belonging for every person and save them from drowning.

“There are communities that feel broken. There are people that are broken. So how do you build or rebuild a community so that it works?”

DROWNTOWN is co-produced by Harlow Playhouse. Commissioned by Cambridge Junction with commissioning support from DanceEast. Supported by Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd, South East Dance, and using public funding by Arts Council England.

To apply please send an email with the subject “DROWNTOWN Casting, [YOUR NAME], [ROLE(S) YOU ARE APPLYING FOR]” to Olive Kane at info@rhiannonfaith.com

Please include:
Short cover letter outlining your interest in the project and the themes within the work (in body of email)
CV & recent headshot (as attachments)
Video footage of you dancing (web link, if available)

If your application is successful we will invite you to the online audition.

Contact details: Olive Kane (Producer) at info@rhiannonfaith.com

For further information, please visit https://www.rhiannonfaith.com

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