Monday, September 30, 2013

Call For Collaborators

I’m looking for 3-4 performers/collaborators for a new performance work I’m making. 

I'm also looking for a savvy, organized stage manager to work with me on the piece.

The work is comprised of a series of movement-based vignettes. It will be performed in living room and art gallery spaces throughout the Twin Cities in February and early March. Rehearsals will begin in mid to late October.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, October 13 from 12:30-2:30 at the Soap Factory (514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis- main gallery space), and Tuesday, October 15 from 3-5:00 at Skewed Visions in the Casket Arts Building (681 17th Ave. NE, Minneapolis). You only need to attend one of the two meetings. 

At this audition we'll chat about the work, do some group/partner improvisation, and learn some movement.

This collection of Small Dances studies connection and loneliness, and aims to build community in the Minnesota winter months. The work will be comprised of 6-7 vignettes, and will be performed in collaboration with a different outside guest artist at each performance. The pieces will involve gestural movement and text. Some of the text will be crowdsourced from answers to a series of questions asked on this blog. 

This project comes from an interest in humans, and the way we attempt to understand and share our own experience with one another. It also comes from interests in layering movement and text, non-traditional performance spaces, the relationship between audience and performer, found text, participation, art as a community-builder, and the connection between movement and intention. 

My name is Laura Holway, and I'm a performance maker based in St.Paul. My movement-rooted work uses text, video, props, and sound to explore people and their obsessions, challenges, and daily rituals. It comes from a love of people watching, and a fixation on the mysteries of human connection. I love interviews, and found text, and often incorporate my performers’ movement tics and stories into what I make. 

My background is in theater. I’ve made a lot of collaborative work. I’m interested in a messy process, and trying new things. This work is a huge experiment involving many of the things I love. You can see some examples of what I’ve made over here and here

You needn’t have a traditional dance background, but this piece will involve a lot of movement. Performers with backgrounds in theater, physical theater, clowning, comedy, and music performance (for example) are also encouraged to audition.
Experience making devised work might be helpful. 
At least some daytime (week day) availability is necessary.
Knowledge of a musical instrument is a bonus.
Ability to be a little uncomfortable at times in the process is essential: it will shift.
This piece will be choreographed, but will rely a lot on your intention, ability to take direction, and intuition. 
Availability during the scheduled weeks is essential, as we have a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time.

Performers will be paid a stipend of $600.

As I wrote above, I'm looking for a well organized, punctual person to be my stage manager/assistant on this piece. You will be responsible for helping to coordinate performance venues and ticket reservations, and for notating movement and performance structure. Ideally, you will have some interest and experience in the world of experimental performance and devised work. 

Access to a computer is essential. Experience with movement/dance is really helpful. 
You won't need to be at every single rehearsal in November and December, but some outside-of-rehearsal work/coordination will be needed.

Please email LMholway[at]gmail[dot]com for more information or to schedule an interview.

The stage manager will be paid a stipend of $500.

Mid-October-November 17: 1 rehearsal/week (with 1 additional rehearsal at some point)
November 18-December 2: No rehearsal
December 3-December 23: 2 rehearsals/week
December 23-January 6: No rehearsal
January 6-February 10: 2-3 rehearsals/week
February 10-March 16: Performances (8-10)

This project is made possible through a Next Steps grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC).

Please email Laura at LMholway[at]gmail[dot]com with any questions.