AUDITION NOTICE FOR DANCERS

Sadler's Wells and Universal Music UK with ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company are auditioning dancers for the national and international tour of hit production Message In A Bottle, directed and choreographed by Kate Prince (ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company) and inspired by the hits of music icon, Sting.

Director and Choreographer Kate Prince
Associate Choreographer Lukas McFarlane

What we are looking for...

We are looking for world-class dancers with the highest levels of skill.

We welcome dancers from all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds who are charismatic and highly skilled whose abilities span more than just one genre of dance, including but not limited to contemporary, breaking, locking, popping, house dance, krump, African dance, lindy hop, salsa, experimental and freestyle.

We want to work with dancers who love to tell stories and feel comfortable doing character work. There is a lot of ensemble work in the production and performers will need to be adaptable to different styles and able to follow choreography. Each dancer will learn several roles.

This is a barefoot production, there is no requirement to speak or sing.

Essential criteria

  • Highly skilled physical dance ability and comfortable with storytelling through choreography
  • Proficiency in more than one genre of dance
  • Ease at picking up material/choreography
  • Prepared to learn 2 to 3 roles

Please be aware that as a requirement of the engagement, you will be working

  • In a dark space and with flashing lights (no strobe)
  • In an area with loud sound
  • As part of a large ensemble/group
  • Barefoot throughout the whole show
  • With large pieces of set to be moved by the performers

Applicants must be aged 18+ at the time of the audition.

Dates of the engagement

The engagement will be from 9 August 2021 until 15 November 2021. This is inclusive of a 5-week rehearsal period (including a production week) and a national and international tour. All applicants must be available exclusively for this period.

Application steps and deadlines

Step 1:
1) Online application CLICK HERE - deadline: 26 April 2021, 11pm BST.
Step 2:
2) 6 May - successful applicants will be contacted and asked to prepare a film of themselves performing a short section of supplied audition choreography.
3) 19 May – filmed audition choreography to be submitted by successful applicants
Step 3:
4) Week commencing 31 May – successful applicants invited to live audition
5) Week commencing 28 June – live auditions in line with Covid safety measures (dates, times and London location – tbc)


NB: at each stage unsuccessful applicants will be contacted.

How to apply

Step 1: please complete and submit the application form CLICK HERE To do so, you will need the following:

  • Details of your experience and training
  • Record a short self-tape introduction with your smartphone
  • Video links of you dancing:

Ideally a freestyle in your strongest style and if possible some other styles to show your versatility (not exceeding 5 mins)

and

If you have one, a professional demo/show reel (although recent graduates are also welcome)

Please note: without a video link where you can be clearly identified we cannot progress your application.

Deadline for applications is 23:00 BST on 26 April 2021.

Unfortunately, late applications cannot not be considered.

Please note:

  • Regrettably, no contributions can be made towards any travel required for the London-based audition
  • Sadler’s Wells can sponsor applicants with a Certificate of Sponsorship (subject to relevant compliances), enabling them to travel and work in the UK exclusively for this engagement
  • Depending on country of residence, some applicants must also hold a valid work permit or visa enabling them to legally work in the UK for the duration of the engagement

Strictly NO ADMISSION on the day, the audition is invitation only.

Equality & inclusion:

If you would like support or have any queries regarding the format or submission of the application, please contact: florent.trioux@sadlerswells.com

We actively encourage applications from communities that are underrepresented within the arts.

We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who feel they align with our mission, vision and values. We are international and multicultural on our stages, and we want to reflect that in our organisation. By celebrating difference and incorporating diverse points of view and experiences, we can become closer to our artists, audiences and the communities we serve.

Sadler’s Wells also works collaboratively with Parents in Performing Arts (PiPA) in efforts to support parents and carers within the industry.

As a user of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role as set out in the description.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the application steps and deadlines?

STEP 1:
1) Online application CLICK HERE – deadline: 26 April 202, 11pm BST.
STEP 2:
2) 6 May – successful applicants will be contacted and asked to prepare a film of themselves performing a short section of supplied audition choreography.
3) 19 May – filmed audition choreography to be submitted by successful applicants
STEP 3:
4) Week commencing 31 May – successful applicants invited to live audition
5) Week commencing 28 June – live auditions (dates, times and London location – tbc)

NB: at each stage unsuccessful applicants will be contacted.

When will I receive the result of my application?

*Step 1*b (online application): We will respond to both successful and unsuccessful applications, week commencing 6th May 2021.

Step 2 (filmed choreography): We will respond to both successful and unsuccessful applications, week commencing 31st May 2021.

Step 3 (live audition): We will inform both successful and unsuccessful candidates at the end of the live audition process.

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

No. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications.

Who will be on the audition panel?

The online submissions and the live audition will be run by Director and Choreographer, Kate Prince; Resident Director Lizzie Gough and producers from Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK.

How many people are you looking for the project?

At this stage of the process, we are looking for 5 people (still TBC)..

Do I need to have had formal dance training?

No, we are simply looking for world-class dancers with the highest levels of skill.

Step 1: Application Form

What video format should I provide for the self-tape introduction?

  • You can use your smartphone or any other device of your choice
  • Frontal and landscape mode
  • It must be a link provided in the application form
  • Please indicate the video password when necessary
  • Not exceeding 3mins

What dance video format should I provide for the application form?

  • Landscape preferred
  • It must be a link provided in the application form
  • Please indicate the video password when necessary in the “additional comment” box

What dance video should I provide for the application form?

  • Ideally a freestyle in your strongest style and if possible, some other styles to show your versatility (not exceeding 5 mins)
    and
  • If you have one, a professional demo/show reel (recent graduates welcome)
    Note: the video will not be shared and will be used as an audition material only.

Step 2: Tutorial & Choreographies - For selected candidates only

What do I need to do?

  • You will receive a tutorial video learning a small section of various choreographies from the show
  • You will be asked to record yourself presenting these choreographies and submit it
  • Information about the music used for these sections will be provided

Step 3: Live Audition in London - For selected candidates only

I am not free the week commencing 28 June for the live audition dates, can I still apply?

No. Unfortunately, you need to be able to attend the live auditions.

Can I audition by video and not attend an audition?

The first two step of the application are digital. Once selected for the final step of the audition in the studio, unfortunately we will not accept video auditions for this final step.

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

For this third-round audition, invited dancers will be asked to participate in a workshop led by Director and Choreographer, Kate Prince and Resident Choreographer Lizzie Gough.

Do I need to prepare a solo for the live audition?

No, this is a group workshop audition.

What clothes should I wear to audition in?

Clothing that you feel comfortable dancing in. This is a barefoot audition, please be prepared to wear no shoes.

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, depending on your call time you may want to bring some with you.

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.

Covid 19:

The audition process has been arranged in line with the current UK Government coronavirus guidelines and restrictions:

The first two steps of the audition process will be online only.

After the first two online steps, selected candidates will be asked to join the live audition in London (subject to UK Government COVID 19 Restrictions). These live auditions are currently scheduled for the week commencing 28th June 2021.

For more information, please refer to “Steps and deadlines”

Our number one priority remains the health and wellbeing of our artists, audiences and colleagues, so we’ve introduced a number of new measures to ensure that everyone feels safe, secure and comfortable during their visit to Sadler’s Wells. Further guidance on this will be shared nearer the live audition date. Safety measures may include socially distancing, indoor wearing of face coverings, hand sanitising stations and enhanced cleaning.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at florent.trioux@sadlerswells.com

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