Call Out For Dance Artist. The Streets are Ours.

As part of Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2020, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children are collaborating with Galway Dance Project, Galway Community Circus, and Arch 8 to create a promenade performance that mixes parkour and contemporary dance. This project will work with children and young people aged 8-12 over a year long period of collaboration, culminating with 2 performances during Baboró Festival 2020. 

The partners:

Baboró is Ireland’s only international performing arts festival dedicated to children and families. The annual festival features a multi-disciplinary programme of Irish and International work, and takes place in Galway in October every year. Beyond families and school groups, Baboró attracts professionals from Ireland and around the world who will descend on Galway to take in the programme.

Galway will be European Capital of Culture in 2020. Galway will present a twelve-month cultural programme highlighting the richness and diversity of cultures in Galway and across Europe.

The concept for Galway 2020 is Making Waves. It is about creating new ways of thinking, new ways of working, new conversations and new partnerships aimed at ensuring a more creative Galway.

Galway Dance Project is an artist-led, non-profit dance organisation established in 2011 in Galway. The Project aims to provide high quality dance classes and workshops, choreographic and performance opportunities for dancers in Galway City and County. The aim of Galway Dance Project is to advance professional dance practice in Galway city and county, and to support the development of dance as an art form.

Galway Community Circus is the flagship for youth and social circus education in Ireland, advancing education and promoting social inclusion for young people through circus arts. They are committed to creating an innovative, artistic and imaginative learning experience where all young people can realise their potential. Amelie Bal is a highly experienced tutor, who enjoys teaching workshops in circus skills to groups of children and adults alike. She has performed all over the world, across Ireland, Asia, Europe and the US.

Arch8 isn’t an everyday dance company. They view theatrical traditions as a resource, using them to create new forms. They then share these new forms in public space, architectural space, and theatrical space. There is a high degree of interactivity in the work. They consistently encourage an active viewing, a participatory imagining on the part of the public. With its innovative approach, the company has performed around the globe, including St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Cairo, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Senegal, and throughout Europe. The company has also made collaborative performances with local artists in Benin, Senegal, Alexandria, Cairo, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Utrecht, the Hague, Maastricht, and Hasselt. Erik Kaiel has been making dances for many years. In subway stations, sculpture gardens, empty swimming pools, city streets, and occasionally on stage. He performs, choreographs and teaches throughout Netherlands, Europe, and the world. In the last few years, he taught and built public space performances with local dancers in Benin, Senegal, Utrecht & the Hague. Kim-Jomi Fischer was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in a family of street performers. From an early age, Kim was especially involved in partnering acrobatics, which still influences his work today. Kim graduated at Codarts, Rotterdam’s dance academy, in 2007. Since then, he has worked as a freelance dancer in the Netherlands for choreographers like Ann vd Broek, André Gingras, Liat Waysbort, Loïc Perela, and Suzy Blok. Kim’s current work involves a lot of contact improvisation, location work, and a physical blend of different dance styles.

The project:

The project involves a collaborative process of development to create a promenade performance mixing parkour, contemporary dance and circus skills. The artists and the children will build an improvisational score that passes as an extended path through a city/town, interacting with the music, the other dancers, the architecture, and eventually the public. The performance will surprise and delight the public, disrupting the spaces in which it takes place, inviting a new audience to follow it through the streets. The performance will take place in Galway city and county.

We are seeking applications from dance artists  with some choreographic and/or teaching experience. One dance artist will be selected to work with Erik Kaiel and Kim-Jomi Fischer of Arch8, and Amelie Bal of Galway Community Circus to devise and create this performance which melds parkour and contemporary dance. The project will begin in October 2019, where the 4 artists will work with the group of children aged 8 to 12, and begin to develop the piece. There will be a follow-up session in January and a summer camp in July to further develop the work. In September and October 2020, there will be weekly sessions with the children to prepare for the performances which will take place during Baboró 2020. The successful applicant must be available for all sessions.

Suitable for:

–          A dance artist who is interested in working with children.

–          An interest in choreography is vital.

–          A dance artist interested in developing work within a collaborative team.

–          No experience in circus skills or parkour necessary, but an interest is helpful.

Criteria for application:

  • A dance artist or choreographer with 2 years experience minimum.
  • Some dance training or evidence of practice is required.
  • Applicants must be living and working in Galway city or county, or in the surrounding region, as this project has been designed in part to build capacity among dancers and dance teachers in the region.

Timeline:

2019:

  • Oct 11th – 13th – Kick Off of project in Galway

2020:

  • January – Half-day session
  • July 6th – 10th – Summer camp
  • September/October 2020 – Weekly preparations for performance
  • October 12th – 18th – Preparation and final performances during Baboró 2020

Applicants must be available for all of the above dates. This is a paid position. A fee of €2,050 will be paid along with modest travel expenses.

Application process:

Please send your CV and a personal statement describing why you would like to be involved in this project and confirming your availability for the full programme.

Please also send some evidence of your practice, if available-links to videos, images etc.

Interviews will be held on Friday Aug 9th in Galway and can be done via Skype if necessary.


Closing Date
Applications should be submitted to producer@baboro.ie via email by Monday Aug 5th.