DanceAction Summer Audition Workshop 2022
August 29th to September 2nd, 2022, from 5 to 8 PM
Center at West Park
165 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
Suggested Donation: $20/Workshop Day - $80/Full Workshop
This comprehensive dance experience will allow participants to access a unique combination of dance training techniques, playful improvisation approaches, and dance-making tools and strategies that will ignite their creativity and broaden their physical ability and versatility as movement artists.
This intensive workshop for dancers, performers, or movers will explore three components of a comprehensive dance experience: training, improvisation, and dance making.
Dance-Making & Repertory
Culminating Studio Showing
Friday, September 2nd
from 7 to 8 pm
The dance training and technique segment will be focused on developing physical skills. Strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and movement mechanics will be addressed through a series of exercises combining the study of shape and energy pathways taking the body through space. This practice will allow participants to access a unique combination of movement languages and styles that will broaden their physical ability and versatility as movement artists.
An improvisation segment will follow, inviting participants to immerse in a playful experience. This portion will include theater and movement games, movement explorations, structured dance improvisations, score-building exercises, partnering approaches, and open dance. By progressively navigating these activities, participants will gain awareness of the people they are moving with, experience clarity and ease in decision-making scenarios, and develop a sense of alertness and strong presence in spontaneous situations. They will also integrate the concept of “Yes and!” within the group practice of dance improvisation and enhance their listening skills in dance.
Lastly, a portion of the class will be focused on dance-making exercises used primarily in developing the choreography for DanceAction works. Participants will be able to discover these composition tools and their practicality by learning excerpts from the DA repertory. These choreographic tools, as well as the improvisation strategies, will be applied in the making of a dance that participants will perform in an informal studio showing at the culmination of the workshop on Friday, September 2nd.
The workshop will end with an informal showing at the Center at West Park, presenting dance works developed by the participants. The event will also feature excerpts of DanceAction's repertory, including its latest project Welcome to Imagi*Nation. All workshop participants attending three or more workshop sessions will be able to perform in the culminating Studio Showing at the Center's 3rd-floor studio, on Friday, September 2nd, 2022, from 7 to 8 pm.
DanceAction is producing and presenting the full-length immersive dance theater piece, Welcome to Imagi*Nation, at a Fall Performance Residency at the Center at West Park in NYC, from September 5th to November 2nd, 2022. Rehearsals will be In-Person on-site at the Center at West Park and other rehearsal venues, following the tentative schedule below. The work will be performed live at the Center's Sanctuary Space over three consecutive evenings on October 27th, 28th, & 29th.
DanceAction is looking for Dancers/Performers (movers) residing in the US to join this project. Applicants should have experience with contemporary dance, movement improvisation, and physical theater and be able to work at a quick pace. Because of the nature of this project, learning material quickly and being ready to perform it immediately is extremely necessary. Latin American Immigrants, Artists of color, & LGBTQ+ are encouraged to apply!
Interested applicants can attend DanceAction's Summer 2022 Audition Workshop from Monday, August 29th to Friday, September 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm. Participation in the entire workshop is not required but is highly encouraged to be considered for the project in the fall.
Artists will receive hourly rehearsal compensation and a performance stipend for participating in this project.
In-person Rehearsals will start on Monday, September 5th, and will follow the schedule below:
9/5 to 9/24: 1 to 2 weekly rehearsals on weeknights (3 hrs between 5 & 9 pm). Dates and Times TBD.
9/26 to 10/16 - Cast Rehearsals: 1 to 2 weekly rehearsals on weeknights (2 to 4 hrs between 5 & 9 pm) or weekends. Dates and Times TBD.
10/17 to 10/22 - Residency Week 1: Daily rehearsals Mon to Friday, from 5 to 9 pm. Sat 10/22 anytime between 10 am & 7 pm.
10/24 to 10/29 - Residency Week 2 "Production Week": 10/24 & 10/25 Tech Rehearsal from 5 to 10 pm, 10/26 Dress Rehearsal from 5 to 10 pm. 10/27, 10/28, & 10/29 Performances, call time 5 pm.
11/1 & 11/2 - Video Shooting: from 5 to 10 pm at Center at West Park
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, please email at DAwelcometoimagination@gmail.com your resume, Headshot (or a picture of yourself), samples of your performance work (videos/website/links), and a few words describing yourself and why you would like to be part of this project. If you have conflicts with the schedule but would like to participate, send a message, and we will discuss if it's possible to make accommodations.
COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES
All workshop participants are required to follow these guidelines for safety:
Show proof of vaccination status
Wear face masks while inside the shared spaces at The Center at West Park
Show proof of negative COVID-19 test (at-home antigen or PCR) with a photo of an at-home rapid COVID-19 test with a time stamp OR a receipt of a lab Antigen or PCR test with confirmed negative results
DanceAction will provide on-site COVID-19 rapid tests and KN95 masks to make updated guidelines possible. We strongly encourage attendees to test themselves in advance (within 24 hours of the first day of the workshop) if possible.
Audition tapes will be accepted for those unable to attend due to a positive case of Covid-19.