Performance Maker Felicity Nicol, together with seasoned choreographer and deviser, Shaun Parker – are on the hunt for four dancers who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, for a forthcoming creative development. Nicol is creating a new performance work, to be performed during Sydney World Pride in 2023. Nicol will be working with actors, dancers and community activists to develop a dynamic, verbatim performance titled, POLITICAL ANIMALS.
Dancers will be required from Monday- Saturday, April 4 – 9, 2022 at Petersham Town Hall. Dancers will work with Nicol and movement associate – Shaun Parker. The week’s development will culminate with a work-in-progress viewing for invited industry. The contract will be as per MEAA industry standards & LPA.
If interested, please send your headshot, one page CV and a 5-min edited video link of your dance work to Shaun Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please title the email AUDITION: POLITICAL ANIMALS
Due Date: Wed 23rd February, 2022
SYNOPSIS & DESCRIPTION
POLITICAL ANIMALS is an intergenerational conversation between Queer Australians. It’s a theatrical & historical exploration of the role of protests, parties, politics and the personal within the LGBTQIA+ community. Beginning with the creation of CAMP (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) & ending with Marriage Equality, PA is 50yrs in the making. Part history lesson, part political protest, part party, POLITICAL ANIMALS unveils the Australian fight for Queer rights & key moments – fabulous & fugly – along the way.
A MULTI-LAYERED, SOCIALLY-ENGAGED PERFORMANCE.
Combining non-actors – 78ers (who marched in the first Mardi Gras in 1978) & rainbow youth – performers & dancers, PA draws inspiration from verbatim materials (Hansard transcripts, photos, Queer & pop culture), elements of sound & movement to elevate this history into a dynamic performance.
Supported by a script that highlights chronological milestones from the Australian Queer movement, and interspersed with snippets of personal stories from those interviewed – this compelling performance will continuously contextualise history as human.
POLITICAL ANIMALS will acknowledge the importance of Australian Queer history during a once-in-a-lifetime moment. With all eyes on Sydney, POLICITAL ANIMALS will premiere at Sydney’s 2023 World Pride Festival. In so doing, it brings together scattered stories and lore which would otherwise be lost. POLICTICAL ANIMALS gifts audiences with a wholistic slice of significant Australian Queer history and a richer understanding of LGBTQIA+ identities and community.