A new Sadler’s Wells production, choreographed by Akram Khan.

Audition date:
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 2019, 10am to 6pm, in London.
(Exact location to be issued to those invited for an audition)

Deadline for application is 10:00 (BST) on Monday 1 July 2019.
Unfortunately, late applications cannot be considered.

What we are looking for:

  • World-class, female professional dancers;
  • primarily contemporary dancers with strong contemporary and classical technique (additional commercial and/or hip hop a bonus);
  • strong voice: dancers will not need to sing, but should be confident using voice as part of the piece;
  • age: 18-35 at the time of audition;

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

Dates of engagement:
Some dancers will be required for rehearsals from Monday 2 March 2020, to be joined by the remaining company of dancers from Monday 13 April 2020, with the outlook to end on Sunday 4 October 2020. This is inclusive of a 6-week rehearsal period, a London run at Sadler’s Wells Theatre followed by an International tour to four other venues.

Please note that at this early stage, specific touring dates within the period above and the end date are subject to change.

All applicants must be available exclusively for this period.

How to apply
Please complete the form

You will need to provide:

  • Contact details 
  • Updated CV (1 page only, including measurements) 
  • Recent headshot 
  • Video of you dancing submitted in the form of a YouTube, Vimeo or Dailymotion link. The video must not exceed 3 minutes and must be good quality. Please make sure it includes performance footage as well as rehearsal/studio footage. You must be clearly and completely visible.

Practical information:

  • You must be available for both audition days. 
  • First-round auditions will happen on Saturday 28 September with call-backs on Sunday 29 September; 
  • you do not need to prepare anything for the audition; 
  • please note: without a video link where you can be clearly identified we cannot progress your application; 
  • strictly no admission on the day, the audition is invitation only; 
  • regrettably there will be no contributions made towards any travel or visas required for the audition; 
  • we will respond to successful and unsuccessful applications week commencing Monday 5 August 2019

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions carefully. If you have any further queries, you can email


Frequently Asked Questions:

What length and/or format video should I provide?

  • Length shouldn’t exceed 3 mins
  • Please send a link (YouTube, Vimeo or Dailymotion).
  • The video should NOT be password protected. On Vimeo and Youtube, you can upload a video but change the Privacy/Visibility settings to “unlisted”. It means that only people with the link can view it. It is a good substitute to a password protected video as it is not public.

Note: the video will not be shared and will be used as an audition material only.

When will I receive the result of my application?

We will respond to both successful and unsuccessful applications, week commencing Monday 5 August 2019.

Can I audition by video and not attend an audition?

Unfortunately we will not be accepting video-only applications on this occasion.

I am only free on one of the audition dates, can I still apply?

No. Unfortunately, you need to be free on both dates.

Do I need to have had formal dance training?

No, we are simply looking for world-class contemporary dancers with strong contemporary and classical technique

I missed the deadline, will you accept a late application?

No. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications.

I am not from London, can my travel and/or accommodation be reimbursed?

No, accommodation, travel and subsistence must be covered by the applicant.

Can you give me more details about the audition process/ structure?

For the first-round auditions, invited dancers will take class in the morning and will then be taught rep. On the second day, dancers who are called back will keep working on rep, followed by a more theatrical workshop with Akram Khan, working on improvisation and voice.

What clothes should I wear to audition in?

Clothing that you feel comfortable dancing in.

Do I need to prepare a solo?

No, this is a group workshop audition.

Do I need to bring a printed copy of my headshot?

No, you only need to upload a digital copy to the application form as part of the application process.

Do I need to bring food?

Food will not be provided. Please note: it is not permitted to eat inside the studios but there are public spaces in and outside the building where it is fine to do so.

Photo: Jean-Louis Fernandez