Open auditions for international stage production in China

| April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
A scene from the Taihu Lake tourist district, west of Shanghai, China

A scene from the Taihu Lake tourist district, west of Shanghai, China. Photo by Anthony Marchi via Flickr

Screendance Africa have been approached by an international creative team from Los Angeles and China to cast 20 top South African professional dancers in a brand new production to be staged in China later this year.

The dance auditions will be held in Cape Town on Friday 12 April at the Dream Factory between 16:00 and 19:00.

Dancers outside of Cape Town are able to audition too, and are strongly encouraged to submit an online audition (see details below).

Professional dancers required for spectacular stage production

The new show, Illusions, will be a spectacular large scale stage production featuring a cast of 60 international and Chinese dancers and acrobats, held at the Joyland Grand Theater located in the Taihu Lake tourist district, west of Shanghai.

Screendance Africa say that they “are seeking a young, sassy and contemporary appearing group of versatile dancers. Must be excellent dancers in contemporary ballet and lyrical movement. Martial arts, adagio, acro or aerial skills are also a plus.”

Successful applicants will receive a 6 month Contract of $800 to $1200 per week with all travel and accommodation included.

The show has been created by an amazing team of top level artists from China and the U.S., including:

  • Melissa Barak – Principal Dancer and Choreographer for the New York City Ballet and founder of Barak Ballet.
  • Charles Moulton – Principal Dancer & Choreographer at Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
  • Alain Gauthier – Choreographer for Cirque and Cavalia.

Illusions will be presented in a newly built 1400 seat theatre, with a massive 180 degree state of the art high definition 3D LED video wall. It is located next to World Joyland, China’s largest video game themed amusement park.

Roles available for technically strong professional dancers:

Principal Dancers
Attractive male and female (Princess and Hero), Chinese or Asian looking. Toned, lithe, beautiful Asian body types (not too muscular, heavy or tall). Must be excellent dancers and pantomime actors with contemporary ballet / lyrical and modern movement. Hero (Male Principal) should have Martial arts or acro skills. Martial arts, acro or aerial skills are a plus.

Specialty Act Performers
Attractive males or females, Chinese or Asian. Seeking aerialists, martial artists, acro, adagio or other cirque style specialty skills. Caucasian, black and mixed race performers are also welcome.

Ensemble Dancers
Seeking primarily Chinese or Asian dancers. However, we will consider non-Asian looking performers as long as they have an Asian style body appearance (as detailed above).

Job details:

6 Month Contract, $800 – $1200 per week depending on experience and role. All travel and accommodation included. Specialty Act performers will be negotiated at a higher rate, commensurate with skill and experience. The production will provide translators depending on the nationality of the performers. The production and creative team are primarily American, European and Canadian.

Audition details for dancers in Cape Town:

Audition date:
Friday, 12 April 2013

Audition venue:
The Dream Factory, 10 Orphan St, Cape Town CBD (Between Bree and Loop st)

Audition time:
From 16:00 to 19:00 (single auditions)

Casting coordinator:
Contact Dominique Jossie from Screendance Africa on +27 76 709 1041 or for more information.

Audition process:
Only professional dancers/performers with training and performance experience will be considered.

1. Please confirm your attendance by sending a headshot photo and your CV to

2. Prepare a 1 – 3 min solo showcasing the best of your dance ability. Please bring your music on a CD or flash drive.

3. Have a short introduction ready about you, your dance style and why you think you would be good for the role. You will present this before you dance.

Audition details for dancers outside of Cape Town:

Online audition deadline:
7pm, Friday 12 April 2013

Audition process:
If you do not live in Cape Town but still wish to audition please email the following to

1. Your first and last name
2. Contact phone number
3. A brief sentence or two about you, your dance or performance style and ability, and why you’d be great for this show
4. Recent photo(s) (jpg format please)
5. An online link and performance skills (video). Please upload your video to Youtube and send us the link. The video can be 2-3 minutes in length.
6. Also send the video via WeTransfer to

Casting coordinator:
Contact Dominique Jossie from Screendance Africa on +27 76 709 1041 or for more information.

And for the curious, here’s a video of the concept behind the World Joyland theme park (with English subtitles).


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