OPEN CALL: BIPoC Dancer wanted for Zwoisy Mears-Clarke's upcoming production
Application Deadline: 18th of February 2019
Zwoisy Mears-Clarke is looking for 1 dancer to complete the team of five dancers for his upcoming production to be presented in May 2019.
If you fit the following criteria and the above description interests you, please feel free to send along your application:
- can be sighted, visually impaired or blind
- must be a black or indigenous person, a person of color, or eine Person mit Diskriminierungsehrfahrung
- must be available for full-time work from April 8th to May 27th
- must be comfortable with improvisation and/or somatic improvisation
- must be comfortable working on a team
- must be comfortable conversing in English
- must have a conversation level of German or higher
- must be comfortable with bodily contact between you and other dancers, as well as eventually audience members
- in connection to the previous criteria, must be comfortable asserting boundaries
- must comfortable being in a pitch-black room (performance setting)
The starting point of the project is the individual approach towards rage, fear, and shame, while looking at these emotions as the residue of the emotional labor related to (doing, ignoring, or experiencing) racist and other oppressive events. Incorporating the tradition of black feminism via the knowledge of May Ayim (DE), Amma Yeboah (DE), Katharina Oguntoye (DE), Sarah Ahmed(UK/AU), and more, we will have these emotions as a departure point to then arrive at joy, community building, being (re-)empowered, and/or getting energy for activism work. Through diving into somatic improvisational practices, storytelling, free-writing exercises, and movement tasks, our first steps will be to grapple our own shame, rage, and fear on a ethno-cultural and personal level to find a physical, graspable translation of those emotions, i.e. how they manifest in our own bodies.
Without out a doubt what we do in rehearsals will be is a practice of discomfort, survival, inter-personal support and resilience.
The piece is a non-visual dance production. Non-visual dance is a method that Zwoisy has been developing since 2014. This method is where movement is understood as texture of the body (rather than as shape of the body as it is in traditional dance) changing with time.
Essentially it means that the performance will be presented in a pitch-black room, and in order for the audience to experience the performance, they will be using their hands to be in physical contact with the performers.
If the above description caught your eye and you would be interested in being a part of the project, send a message here:
to Zwoisy by February 18, 2019 with:
- whether you are blind, visually impaired or sighted
- what languages you speak other than English
- the number of years of professional performance/dance experience you have
- shortly describe your relationship to improvisation
- a short description of a project (no matter in dance or not) that meant a lot to you and why
- a short answer (a couple sentences) about why the project peaks your interest
After submission, you will get reply within a week. Be prepared to have a 1-2 hour conversation with Zwoisy as the ‘audition process,’ where you’ll get to know Zwoisy, be interviewed, be able to get further details on the working conditions, and have any of your questions answered.
Please note: The payment for this job is in line with the minimum wage guidelines (Honoraruntergrenze) published by LAFT: