[Trans]formation auditions

Nothing Without a Company and The Living Canvas are casting performers for their upcoming collaboration [Trans]formation directed by Gaby Labotka.

We are seeking transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, and intersex performers of all ages and races who move well to be a part of a collaborative ensemble of 5-14 people.

Dance, movement, circus, and/or clowning training or experience is a plus as this is a piece of highly physical theatre in which movement sequences will be partly devised by the group.

[Trans]formation is being devised from submissions we received from the transgender, gender non-conforming community exploring the naked truth of being trans through artwork, poetry, music, essay, and theatre. Our bodies are a constant field of growth, change, warfare, and identity. In our society, we tend to fixate on genitalia instead of the individual. As with its other productions, The Living Canvas as a vehicle provides transcendence of this fixation and sexualization and reveals the human form as more through the combination of nude performance and the brilliant imagery of photographs and artwork projected upon the body in motion. Because of the sensitive nature of this topic, we have the opportunity to explore in a new way what the naked body is in relationship to gender and identity. “Naked” may mean something different to certain performers because of their gender expression and we welcome that. [Trans]formation will be a platform of body revolution and revelation, by helping people see the whole person, and not just parts.

As mentioned, this production will be performed nude, but we are sensitive to gender expression needs. We will accommodate if a performer wants to be considered but requires garments to better represent their gender while nude onstage without triggering traumatic experiences. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Material to Prepare: Please prepare a 1-2 minute piece that utilizes some text (may be poetry, song, monologue etc). There will also be a group movement section which will feature a small piece of choreography and an exploration/improvisation to music. Please wear clothes that allow you to move.

Audition Dates/Times: Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd.

11:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM, 5:00PM

Audition Location: The Theatre School at DePaul University – 2350 N. Racine Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

ROOM 302

Time Commitment:

Rehearsals: September 24th – November 6th

Tech: November 7th – November 13th

Previews: November 15th, 16th

Performances: November 17th – December 18th Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm,Sundays at 7pm*** at The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in The Flat Iron Arts Building

***Thanksgiving Week performances will be November 21st, 25th, and 26th at 8pm, and November 27th at 7pm.

Please submit your headshot and resume to casting.nothingwithoutacompany@gmail.com along with your preferred audition date and times.

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