Companydance Audition Form

Companydance is a student dance company comprised of a range of separate projects and pieces offering a wide variety of performing opportunities. It is open by audition to all students. Companydance’s primary aesthetic is grounded in the modern dance tradition, but is by no means restricted to it.

The audition form is located at the bottom of this webpage. The form is due Sunday, Sept. 8 at 11 pm.

Important – Read this entire webpage carefully before filling out the audition form.


Companydance Casting

It is the Dance Department’s desire to welcome, include and encourage every student who wishes to participate in our classes, companies and dance major. We make a fervent effort to model this philosophy when casting students for dance projects. The department considers a number of factors during the process including:

  • the student’s previous college-wide curricular and co-curricular experiences, including the ability to fulfill commitments and to work responsibly and diligently, both independently and in a group environment
  • the student’s range of previous Companydance experiences and consideration for future growth and development
  • the number and types of dancers required for each project
  • the student’s dancing ability

Students are eligible to be cast in a maximum of three (3) Companydance projects/pieces. You are able to select the exact number of projects (1 to 3) you would like to be cast in. This number usually depends upon your anticipated academic load and other co-curricular activities you are involved in. In selecting the number of projects for which you would like to be considered, understand that you are also expected to maintain your rigorous academic schedule, honor your other co-curricular activities, and allow for as much personal time as you need in order to remain a healthy, contributing member of this college and dance community.

You are encouraged to select all the piece(s)/project(s) that you are interested in; that will challenge you; that you have not yet experienced, and that you are able to fully commit yourself to.

To enhance your opportunity for involvement in Companydance make sure your schedule is clear during the rehearsal times of as many projects as possible.

Dance majors are expected to self-select participation in a wide variety of Companydance experiences, including a diverse range of faculty, guest artist, and student works.

Note – You must be enrolled in a movement intensive dance class during each term of your participation in Companydance.


 

There are 8 project/pieces to choose from this year. Read about each one and use this information in your decision making process:

A – First Year Project

  • Directed by Heather Klopchin
  • Dancers who are new to the College or Companydance have the opportunity to work in a company setting with each Dance Department faculty in the span of one academic year. A range of movement aesthetics, styles and philosophies will be explored. The project results in an end of the academic year concert.
  • This is required of all first year students & highly recommended for first-time participants of Companydance.
  • First Year Project rehearses the entire year.
  • Rehearsal schedule beginning Thursday, 9/12: Tuesday: 3:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursday: 3:45-5:45 p.m.
  • Performances / Events
    • First Glimpse – Friday, October 4, 4:00 p.m.
    • First Year Project / Open Stage Concert – May 9, 4:00 p.m.
    • Additional showing opportunities are possible throughout the year and will be planned in consultation with cast members.

B – Senior Dance Concert Projects

  • Directed by the senior dance majors (Kelsey Daly, Meg Kirchhoff, Julia Moser-Hardy, Ashley Tanberg)
  • Regular Weekly Rehearsal Schedule: Each senior dance project rehearses separately, twice each week, once for a 90-minute block of time between 5-11:00pm M-F and once for a two-hour block of time on Saturday or Sunday.
  • Additional weeknight and weekend rehearsals beginning the week of 11/26 and running through the Senior Dance Project Performances.
  • Performances: Senior Dance Concert (Wed, Dec. 11 and Thurs., Dec. 12 @ 7:30 p.m. in Kelsey Theater).
  • If you are in Christmas Festival, you are able to perform in the Senior Dance Concert. Note that a keen awareness to schedule and clear, open, and timely communication between you and your senior choreographer is imperative!
  • By selecting the Senior Dance Concert projects as one or more of your project options, you will be considered for all of the Senior Dance Concert projects. You are not able to indicate your interest for participation in individual senior projects.

Senior Projects’ Descriptions

Kelsey Daly
The spine of my piece is mental health. I’m interested in looking at people’s personal experiences and how it may (or may not) have affected their well being.  I would like to explore dance therapy techniques as a means to build a movement vocabulary for the piece and would love to have 5 or 6 dancers interested in exploring with me.

Meg Kirchhoff
Vulnerability and Authenticity are the thematic jumping off points for this project. Dancers will be asked to improvise and aid in choreographic collaboration (no previous experience in improv. needed, just a willingness to explore!). Dancers should be open to experimenting with rehearsal processes and interested in how somatics and performative dance can work together. Looking for 4-5 dancers who are willing to really invest in this project. The project will also include collaborations with a musician and a visual artist.

Julia Moser-Hardy
What is the body? A temple? A machine? A vessel? A history? This piece will explore how body-metaphors in our language inform the way we live our lives. Ultimately this piece will assert that the body is an integral, inseparable, and inescapable contributor to life experience and self-understanding. I am looking for 4-6 dancers who are interested in self-reflective choreographic process, willing to contribute movement material through improvisation, and comfortable with moments of solo-performance.

Ashley Tanberg
Pillow forts, headlamps, make-believe … It’s all child’s play. This project will force dancers to explore memories from childhood and those first realizations that innocence will be lost. Set movement will be manipulated and dancers will be required to improvise and play during some rehearsals. Cast needs to be 4 to 6 dancers. Working title of the piece is One Fell Off & Bumped Her Head.

C – Rhythm Project

  • Directed by Sherry Saterstrom
  • A combination of rhythmic dance performance and gathering with friends to move and groove! This is a first semester project only.
  • Regular weekly rehearsal schedule beginning Wednesday, 9/11: Monday and Wednesday 3:45-5:45 p.m. Rhythm Project rehearses the fall term only.
  • Additional weeknight rehearsals beginning the week of 11/16 and running through the Rhythm Project / Gather Performance Event.
  • Performances / Events
    • First Glimpse – Friday, October 4, 4:00 p.m.
    • Rhythm Project / Gather – Friday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.

Companydance Spring Concert Projects (D, E, F, G, H)

  • Co-directed by Heather Klopchin, Anthony Roberts, Janice Roberts
  • Companydance Spring Concert pieces have additional weeknight and weekend rehearsals beginning the week of 4/21/2013 and running through the Companydance Spring Concert performances on May 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and rehearse the entire year.
  • Performances / Events
    • First Glimpse – Friday, October 4, 4:00 p.m.
    • Companydance Spring Concert – May 1, 2, and 3, 7:30 p.m.
    • Additional showing opportunities are possible throughout the year and will be planned in consultation with cast members.

D – Anthony Roberts’ Men’s Project

  • Directed by Anthony Roberts
  • “Understanding Patriarchy: its impact upon the emotional development of men.” How does it, as a social, legal, political, and economic system impact the thinking, feelings, and behavior of men? Together we will research, explore and create a street-theater inspired dance/theater piece, with movement, text, song, and gosh darn fun, based upon this question.
  • Regular weekly rehearsal schedule beginning Tues., 9/17 and continuing through the May performances: Tuesday 4:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursday 4:45-5:45 p.m.
  • During January, students on campus will rehearse one day each week.

E – Anthony Roberts’ Women’s Project

  • Directed by Anthony Roberts
  • Together we will create and compose movement into a dance inspired and restricted by “Women & Chairs.” The theme and content of the dance will emerge from the movement voices and choices you and I make during the creative process.
  • Regular weekly rehearsal schedule beginning Tuesday, 9/17 and continuing through the May performances: Tuesday 3:00-4:00 p.m. and Thursday 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
  • During January, students on campus will rehearse one day each week.

F – Janice Roberts’ Trio Project

  • Directed by Janice Roberts
  • Through My Mother’s Eyes, is an evolution from a previous work, which will be performed at the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA). Dancers must agree and be available to attend ACDFA in Milwaukee, WI, March 14-18, 2014.
  • Regular weekly rehearsal schedule beginning Monday, 9/16 and continuing through the May performances: Monday and Wednesday: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

G – Janice Roberts’ Large Group Project

  • Directed by Janice Roberts
  • A new work to celebrate Jennifer Koenig. I am looking for dancers who are comfortable working in the creative process and improvisation.
  • Regular weekly rehearsal schedule beginning Monday, 9/16 and continuing through the May performances: Monday and Wednesday: 3:45-4:45 p.m.

H – Guest Artist Alexandra Beller Residency

  • Alexandra Beller will create a new group work for St. Olaf students. Rehearsal Schedule (subject to modification):
  • WITH GUEST ARTIST:
    • Dancers must be available during the afternoon and evenings on week nights and morning, afternoon or evenings on the weekend: Thursday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, March 2, 2014.
  • WITHOUT GUEST ARTIST:
    • Weekly evening upkeep rehearsals (continuing for the remainder of the year through the Companydance Spring Concert) beginning Wednesday, 3/5: Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    • Additional weeknight and weekend rehearsals beginning the week of 4/21/2013 and running through the Companydance Spring Concert performances.
    • Performances/ Events
      • Companydance Spring Concert – May 1, 2, and 3, 7:30 p.m.
      • Additional showing opportunities are possible throughout the year and will be planned in consultation with cast members.

Companydance Rehearsal Schedule Conflicts

Below is the list of Companydance rehearsal schedule conflicts. Obviously, you are able to participate in only one of the pieces/projects with overlapping schedules. It is imperative that you are familiar with these conflicts when selecting the projects you would like to participate in. You are encouraged to numerically prioritize your choices whenever possible to enable the faculty to be as fully aware of your selection preferences as possible. If you do not have a preference, you can indicate this by giving two or more projects the same numeric priority. Please keep in mind that your selection preference is one of several factors influencing your casting in Companydance.

  • Overlapping MW rehearsal schedules: Janice, Sherry
  • Overlapping TTH rehearsal schedules: First Year Project, Anthony, Veselica
  • NOTE: If you are cast in either Anthony’s, Janice’s, or Sherry’s projects, you will also be able to participate in the Alexandra Beller residency if interested and cast.

Service Hours

In the dance community we need to help and support each other as we create and present dance. This is true as well for the St. Olaf Dance Community. There are various performances, special events, and workshops held during the year in which we need help and support. Without your help we would not be able to provide all the exciting events in dance. We are requiring these service hours of all members of Companydance and Veselica.

Read Companydance Service Hours.


 

Now…if you have finished reading all that, you are ready to fill out the audition form.

  1. You will need to be logged into your St. Olaf email account to open the form.
  2. Be sure to click “submit” at the bottom of the form after you have filled it out.
  3. After clicking “submit”, you may still check and edit your responses by scrolling up to the top of the form and clicking on Edit your response.
  4. Once you leave or close the form window, you cannot make additional changes.
  5. If you have difficulty completing the form, please contact Anthony Roberts and/or Gwen Daniels.
  6. Form due: Sunday, September 8, 2013

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