friend: Callout for aspiring dancers
Are you up for a new challenge? Do you love dancing as a hobby? Would you like to make a performance at home, for your friends? If you’ve answered yes, then read on!
In collaboration with Home Live Art choreographer Gillie Kleiman is looking for four people in Hastings and St Leonards to participate in friend, a performance for non-professional dancers to perform in their home to an audience of only their friends.
Working with Gillie the four chosen participants will learn and develop a solo dance across seven weeks in January and February 2024 and perform to their friends on the 23rd of March 2024.
The opportunity is for participants who are not professional dancers, are over 18 and based in Hastings and St Leonards.
To apply to participate please complete this form. Deadline: 11pm on the 20th November.
And for more information on the project check out the text below.
Friend Callout Information
friend is a performance for non-professional dancers to perform in their home to an audience of only their friends. In collaboration with Home Live Art choreographer Gillie Kleiman is looking for four people to participate in the project in Hastings and St Leonards.
Working with Gillie the four chosen participants will learn and develop a solo dance across seven weeks in January and February 2024. Participants will receive material packs with workshop activities to do at home, and take part in Zoom meetings with Gillie and the other participants to co-develop the dance in what will be a flexible (and fun!) process.
Then on Saturday the 23rd of March, all at the same time, each participant will perform the solo dance in their own home to their friends, followed by a shared meal. While happening at the same time each of the four performances of friend will be specific and special to each participant and their loved ones.
Being part of friend will involve trying out new things, being up for a challenge and curious to contribute ideas whilst also having fun and feeling rewarded. Previous performers have said things like:
“It was a liberating experience, scary and wonderful, and I am so proud of myself for doing it! It’s opened me up again to being creative and gave me a boost mentally as well as being more sociable and bringing my friends together.”
“The way I think about what a performer and an audience is has shifted, and about who is both of those entities. I appreciate and feel like I have more of an understanding of and connection with contemporary dance. It was an opportunity for me to notice how non judgmental my friends were and that they loved me regardless and would have likely enjoyed anything I did!”
- All performers must be over 18.
- You must not consider yourself a professional performer.
- You must live and plan to do the performance in Hastings and St Leonards.
- You must be available once a week for seven weeks in January and February 2024.
To take part, you will need to have in your home, or to be able to acquire (with support as necessary):
- A device through which to have Zoom calls (or similar) so we can meet and talk via video call
- An internet connection
- A space in which you can work privately (it doesn’t have to be big, but it does need to have at least enough room to get a yoga mat down comfortably)
- A way to record yourself on video (can be your smart phone/ipad etc.)
- A way to organise notes and be able to share them with Gillie in an agreed way
- The space to host at least five friends in your home where they can watch you do the performance, and then where you can all eat a meal together
- The willingness to, with support, select and invite five or more friends to be audience members in good time, and to communicate about the details
- The means to receive and send post
- A device to play recorded music
We provide a stipend for each performer, which is £500.
There are also additional funds for access requirements, which might include some of the things above.
If you would like to take part but are in a situation where you are unable to receive the payment (such as migration status or effect on benefits) then we can discuss alternatives that might make it work for you.
How to apply
To apply, please complete this form, which will ask you to submit:
- An introduction to yourself, including your name, pronouns, and contact details (so that, if selected, we can organise ourselves well to welcome you to the project)
- A description of your interest in the project (why you would like to do it and any other experience you have of dancing, performing or artmaking)
- Optional diversity monitoring questions (to help us understand the reach of this opportunity and better tailor future call-outs)
There is an option to share a short video response instead of writing an answer for the two questions about your interest in the project.
If you are not able to complete the form in this format for any reason or would like some help with it please reach out to Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07837743436 for support.
Each application will be checked that it is complete and appropriate in terms of demonstrating an understanding of the process. We will also make sure that each application meets the requirements listed above.
After these checks participants will be selected at random through a lottery process.
Two participants will be selected through a nomination process in collaboration with two local community groups.
As the administrators of this selection process Home Live Art will hold your data. Your data will be shared with the choreographer (Gillie) and producer of this project (Beckie) but not shared with any third parties.
Deadline for applications 20th November at 11pm
We will let applicants know if they have been successful by Friday 24th November.
The process begins January 2024, in consultation with the participants.
If you require this information in an alternative format or you have any questions please email email@example.com or call 07837743436.