Scotland’s leading Scottish and Spanish cross-cultural dance company, Slanjayvah Danza, seeks new female dancers to join the core artistic team for its 2022/23 UK and international tour of, ‘6 Feet, 3 Shoes’ and future projects.  

Slanjayvah Danza is known for Artistic Director Jen Wren’s fusion of Flamenco, Scottish TRAD arts, folk arts with contemporary dance theatre; and for outstanding, authentic live musical accompaniment.

The company has been in operation for over 17 years and won acclaim for its sell-out run of 6 Feet, 3 Shoes at Edinburgh Fringe in 2019.  In addition to glowing reviews, the show was shortlisted for the prestigious Total Theatre Award for Dance and greeted with exuberant standing ovations from capacity audiences. 6F3SWith the support of Creative Scotland’s Touring Fund and the Rural Touring Dance Initiative, we are delighted to get back on the road with 6 feet 3 Shoes in 2022

A joyful medley of fearsome Flamenco, Scottish step and contemporary dance with thrilling live music, storytelling and song 6 feet 3 Shoes is a multi-cultural performance that celebrates community spirit, cross-border friendships and cultural exchange. Watch the trailer here

The company have a robust and unique interdisciplinary movement practice that requires a range of skills and a high level of versatility. We recognise that the demands of the company’s work require training and development and we are therefore keen to form collaborative, long-term relationships with dancers over a period of time and projects.  

 

Project Dates 

  • • 13-30th March 2022
  • • 17 April to 29 May 2022
  • • 29 August – 27 November 2022

Fee:  no less than £500/week (£26,000 pro rata) + holiday pay, travel and accommodation.  Per diem is provided during touring dates. 

The role is based in Perthshire, Scotland, where work is typically created and rehearsed. Dancers will be expected to tour nationally and potentially internationally in 2022/23.

Project requirements are: 

  • • Exclusive availability for all the 2022 dates in the first instance.
  • • At least three years of professional dance performance experience.
  • • Solid technical and artistic skills in one or more of the following styles:
    •     o Contemporary Dance
    •     o Scottish traditional percussive Dance / Highland Dance / Folk Dance
    •     o Flamenco / Spanish Dance / Folk Dance
  • • High skills in musicality and rhythm, musical knowledge and interpretation, specifically in one or both Scottish and Spanish traditional and percussive rhythms
  • • Willing to step into a pre-existing work and team with an ability to quickly learn and perform existing material
  • • Confident performer with experience of executing text/song on stage
  • • An eagerness to engage with local communities including in rural contexts through performance and education programmes.

A full role specification detailing essential and desirable skills and qualities is available on request.

How to Apply

We do not believe in auditioning dancers for the sake of it; therefore in the first instance please send a short video or email about yourself, your practice and your experience, to info@slanjayvahdanza.com. 

We are interested in knowing:

    • • how you think you and your practice aligns with the company and what we create 
    • • what skills you can bring to our processes and productions
    • • what you feel you would have to learn and develop

You are welcome to include: 

    • • a CV, headshot and images of previous work.  
    • • Video links of recent dance projects you have been involved in or examples of your work and practice. 

Please note these do not need to be high quality, or in a studio setting, they can simply be recorded on a smart phone. 

If you have any access requirements, please contact us to let us know how we can support you in your application in advance of the deadline.

Application Deadline: Midnight, 14 January 2022.

About the Audition

  • • Auditions are by invitation only.  
  • • Auditions will take place in Scotland and England across the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of January.  
  • • Selected dancers will be invited to a call-back/interview on either the 29th or 30th of February. 
  • • We will let successful applicants know the outcome by 1st February 2022.

During the audition you will be asked to learn elements of the company rep and interdisciplinary practice.  We absolutely encourage everyone to simply be your honest self. If as part of your audition, you wish to share/show us existing material (that is appropriate to the skill sets we have stipulated, your body, our work and this call out), we would ask you to advise us so that we can arrange to see this on the audition day. 

We have a strict EDI policy and continue to work with a culturally diverse workforce and to actively encourage applications from those belonging to groups that are currently under-represented within the Arts. 

Please note that in light of Brexit and also potential ongoing implications of COVID on travel we are currently only able to engage artists with an existing right to work in the UK.

Applicants from this audition will also be considered for future projects.

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