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Dancers Wanted for Trajal Harrell’s exhibition at The Barbican (paid)

Dancers Wanted for Trajal Harrell’s exhibition at The Barbican (paid)

As part of Trajal Harrell’s exhibition, we are calling out for dancers and performers of all ages and genders. Dancers from a contemporary background is preferred and/or those with experience and interest in conceptual dance, improvisation, minimalist or similar practices.

There will be a number of choreographies and performances to learn – Harrell’s first solo embodying the dynamic relationship between postmodern dance and voguing; Showpony; excerpts from Antigone Jr. of The Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church SeriesUntitled Still Life Collection made in collaboration with visual artist Sarah Sze; and others to be announced.

Role description 
Dancers and performers must be highly committed and be experienced in performing in an Art Gallery context. You must be able to perform in front of members of the public and be comfortable with press and visitors filming and photographing during the performance. Please note that this will be approximately four hours of performing per day broken up into blocks of time.

To apply
Email with a recent CV and any video footage or photographic material of you dancing or performing and use ‘Trajal Harrell’ as your email subject. 

The deadline for applications is Thursday 2 March 2017.

This position will be paid on a weekly competitive rate and you will be paid for rehearsals.

Audition process
The auditions will be organized as a workshop and will take place over two days on 20 and 21 March at the Barbican with Trajal Harrell and the Barbican Curator. All invited performers will participate on the first day and only a portion will be invited for the second day. Please expect to stay 3–4 hours each day and you do not have to prepare anything. 

Appropriate clothing for free movement should be worn. Please note that the floor of the space will not be a professional dance floor. The floor is made of cement covered with carpet.

Rehearsals and production dates and locations
Dancers and performers must attend all rehearsals with both Trajal Harrell and the Rehearsal Director a week prior to the exhibition opening. Rehearsals are likely to take place from the 13–15 July and 17–18 July in the Barbican Art Gallery, Level 3. Performers will be required to work on a weekly rota basis. 

Gallery opening hours
The performances will take place on Thursdays through to Sundays from 20 July–13 August and performed during gallery opening hours:

Thursdays and Fridays: 2–9pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 12–6pm

Media view and Private view
We will require performances for the day prior to opening on Wednesday 19 July during the Media View from 10am–1pm as well as the Private View from 6.30–8.30pm.

About Trajal Harrell
Find out more about Harell’s work developed during his two-year residency at MoMA

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