AUDITION 2022

GUEST ARTIST AUDITION NOTICE

Led by Artistic Director Jamila Glass and Executive Director Napoleon Gladney, the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) is a community-minded, non-profit repertory company devoted to the creation and promotion of cutting edge contemporary dance by Los Angeles artists.

Seeking:
- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and People of the Global Majority dancers to potentially be Guest Artists for a choreography residency in 2022 with Roderick George and L.A. Contemporary Dance Company.
- Contemporary dancers with strong floorwork, ballet, and hip-hop styling. Comfort and experience with vocalization through spoken word and/or song in live performance is a plus.
- Prioritizing dancers who are Los Angeles-based.
- Dancers of all backgrounds are welcome to attend.

More Info:
- Number of positions contingent on the needs of the new work and audition pool.
- If any dancers are chosen from this audition, they will participate in a residency and perform alongside LACDC company members.
- Dancers must be legally eligible to work in the USA.
- As a part of the hiring process, we will ask your vaccination status.
- Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or religious exemption required to attend audition and documentation will be checked upon entry. Additionally, proof of negative Covid-19 tests required throughout the residency and performance periods. *Contingent on local Covid-19 guidance.

Project Description

This new work is a redevelopment of “Tainted” that had its world premiere with LACDC at Odyssey Theatre in 2020. The original work was a solo narrowed on the vision of the dancer, Jamila Glass, and how she could see her existence as the only Black woman in white spaces. In its new form with a larger cast, Roderick George aims to expand the ideas of cultural appropriation and tokenism to include conversations with a broader perspective.

George’s movement vocabulary combines the strict lines and courtly rituals of ballet with the precision and dynamism of hop-hop and club dancing. His choreography is known for its ever-shifting play of contrasts and extremes, and for encouraging dancers to explore the edges of what they think may be physically possible.

AUDITION INFO

Date & Time: Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 1-5:30pm
Location: Stomping Ground L.A., 5453 Alhambra Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90032  
To expedite the audition process, all dancers must fill out the online registration form, which will include uploading a headshot, full body shot, and a resume. Please register by Thursday, February 23rd at 6pm PST.
REGISTER FOR THE AUDITION

Roderick George will lead the audition with the following schedule:
- 40-minute Warmup
- Short Phrase Work
- Select Artists Invited to Continue with the Audition | Other Artists Released
- Phrase Work
- Close of Audition Day

Rehearsal & Performance Schedule

Rehearsals: April 4-29, 2022 at Stomping Ground L.A. (NO CONFLICTS)
----*Pickup Rehearsals: 5/22 (6-10pm) & 5/23 (1-5pm) OR 5/23 (1-5pm) & 5/25 (6-10pm)
--- Sundays 6-10pm, Mondays 1-5pm, Wednesdays 6-10pm, Fridays 12-4pm
--- Individual rehearsal schedule given upon hire

- 8 performances at L.A.'s Odyssey Theatre in June 2022: 6/2, 6/3, 6/4, 6/5, 6/9, 6/10, 6/11, 6/12
- 4 performances at San Francisco’s ODC Theatre in November & December 2022: 11/29 through 12/4
---Travel, lodging and per diem will be provided
- Rate: $15/hr for Rehearsals, $150 per performance | Seasonal Employees Paid Bi-Weekly (during active period)

Choreographer

Roderick George, born in Houston, Texas, studied dance at Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy. Roderick continued to develop his skill by exploring other techniques at The Alvin Ailey School, Miami City Ballet, LINES Professional Program and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. Before starting his professional career, he was a bronze winner of the Youth American Grand Prix in New York City in 2005 and was elected as a Presidential Scholar under the YoungArts Foundation in 2003, where he performed for the US President.

Roderick joined Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in 2005 and also danced with Sidra Bell Dance NY, and the Kevin Wynn Collection, until he decided to move abroad to Switzerland where he joined the Basel Ballet/ Theater Basel and was later a guest with the Goteborg Operan DansKompani. In 2014, Roderick joined The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany where he learnt and shared his greatest moments with William Forsythe and the artists of TFC. His career has embraced the collaborations of his work and other great choreographers such as Peeping Tom, Jorma Elo, Jerome Bel, Jacopo Godani, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylian, Sharon Eyal, Ohan Naharin, Benoit Swan-Pouffer, Richard Wherlock, Tino Seghal and many others.

In addition, Roderick has created works for Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC), Ballett Basel, Springboard Danse Montreal, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT), MOVE NYC, University of Utah, SUNY Purchase, Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Choreographic Intensive.

His teachings have been explored in institutions such as Codarts Rotterdam, Ballet Prejlocaj, Marameo in Berlin, SUNY Purchase, Gibney Dance and Company, Abraham In Motion, LACDC, CCDT, MOVE NYC, HSPVA, the DAF Program in Rome, University of Houston, LINES Trainee Program, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, SALT Dance Company, The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch, Marymount Manhattan Dance Department, Hollins University, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

QUESTIONS

For further audition questions, email [email protected]