Auditions for Gary Clarke Dance Company’s COAL

by antonydunn on February 14, 2015


Acclaimed choreographer Gary Clarke requires 5 versatile and highly skilled male dancers to join the newly-formed Gary Clarke Dance Company for the research, creation and preview of his new full length midscale theatre production COAL.

Marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984 British miners’ strike, COAL is a riveting piece of dance theatre which takes a nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life in the pits. This original and exhilarating production will involve a company of professional performers, live brass bands, community participants and a strong design and dramaturgical team. The production is to tour to midscale theatre venues throughout the UK in 2016 and onwards.

COAL is co-commissioned and supported by DanceXchange, Dance City, Yorkshire Dance, The Place, Dance4 / Nottingham Playhouse, The Barnsley Civic, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and CAST Doncaster with additional funding from Arts Council England through a Grant for the Arts Award expected from May 2015.

Project Dates 2015
Creation 1: 27th April to 15th May (3 weeks) – Supported by Commissioners
Creation 2: 1st June to 26th June (4 weeks)
Production week and Preview Performance: 29th June to 3rd July (1 week)

Fee: £3,600 (£450 per week x 8 weeks) plus travel and accommodation covered.

Rehearsals will take place in Leeds, Barnsley and Doncaster (Yorkshire) and all travel and accommodation costs will be covered

Interested applicants should demonstrate:
A very strong contemporary dance technique, a strong physical build, strong floor work technique, excellent physical theatre skills, experience in highly physical work, good stamina, good improvisation and creative skills, confidence in text work, a willingness to work with the community / ‘nondancers’, good working attitude and the ability to collaborate. Recent graduates are welcome to apply.

Auditions will be held in London and Leeds (UK)

Audition 1: Saturday 28th March 2015, 11am until 7pm
Venue: London Contemporary Dance School, 7 Dukes Road, London, WC1H 9PY

Audition 2: Saturday 4th April 2015, 10am until 5pm
Venue: Yorkshire Dance, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS9 8AH

Audition is by invitation ONLY and interested applicants should submit a current CV, a cover photo, a short video clip of relevant performance work and state which audition they wish to attend to

Deadline for applications is Sunday 15 th March 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by email by no later than Monday 16th March 2015

For any inquiries, please contact Hollie Harkness-Gowers, COAL Audition Administrator on

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