Companydance Audition Information and 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. 13 at 11 p.m. 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 in 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. Understand that as a member of Companydance 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 (FYP)

  • Directed by Sherry Saterstrom
  • 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, 9/17: Tuesday: 3:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursday: 3:45-5:45 p.m.
  • Performances / Events
    • First Glimpse – Friday, September 25, 4:00 p.m.
    • First Year Project / Open Stage Concert – Friday May 13, 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 Choreography Projects

  • Directed by the senior dance majors selecting choreography as their senior dance capstone project option.
  • 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 Friday, 12/4 and running through the Senior Dance Project Performances.
  • Performances: Senior Dance Concert (Thursday, 12/10, Friday, 12/11, and Saturday, 12/12 @ 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 are 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 Dance Capstone Project Descriptions

Cecilia Wall

The topic of my piece will be Give and Take in relationships, using the book The Giving Tree as the starting point of inspiration. The process will involve revisiting a previous piece based on The Giving Tree, individual movement creation, and an exploration of improvisation. My goal is for us to create a community and a piece of choreography that we are all proud of.

Kate Roy

I am doing a project that will experiment with the combination of dance/movement, psychology, and creativity/art, and they ways in which these realms can inform each other. I envision that these experiments will be consolidated into a cohesive collection, maybe of 3-4 products of work with accompanying descriptions/research findings. I am looking for 5-6 committed dancers who will help me turn my ideas into a reality, which could involve actually improving in a studio, applying mind-body practices to their lives, or helping me create an art piece. It will be collaborative, so I hope to have dancers who will enjoy helping me with brainstorming and sharing their personal experiences, and who will implement their personal creativity and be open to grow in mind and body. Just so dancers are aware, this will not involve any actual performance on stage at the Senior Dance Concert. I am thinking of holding rehearsal/meetings every other week.

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

  • Co-directed by Heather Klopchin with Anthony and Janice Roberts (both on sabbatical in Spring 2016)
  • Companydance Spring Concert pieces rehearse the entire year and have additional weeknight and weekend rehearsals beginning the week of 4/25/2015 and running through the Companydance Spring Concert performances on May 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Performances / Events
    • First Glimpse – Friday, September 25, 4:00 p.m.
    • Companydance Spring Concert – May 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Additional showing opportunities are possible throughout the year and will be planned in consultation with cast members.

C – Guest Artist HIJACK Project

  • Directed by HIJACK
  • HIJACK will create an entirely new work with the students in Spring 2016.
  • The audition will likely be held by the end of the Fall semester and will be entirely written; it will be totally cool.
  • Regular weekly rehearsal schedule on Tuesdays: 3:00-5:00pm and Thursdays: 3:45-5:45pm.
  • Rehearsals begin in Spring semester.

D – Anthony Roberts’ Project

  • Directed by Anthony Roberts
  • Jock-ularity is a humorous, poignant movement romp exploring perceptions of masculinity, patriarchal influence and football. I am looking for a number of men who like to move, like to have fun, and are committed to working together as a team on this project.
  • Regular weekly rehearsal schedule beginning Sunday, 9/20 and continuing through the May performances: Tuesday: 6:30-8:30 & Sunday: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • During January, students on campus will rehearse one day each week.

E – Janice Roberts’ Project

  • Directed by Janice Roberts
  • I will be setting a piece from her repertory, Portrait. This piece would incorporate our newly reupholstered sofa. I will be looking for 6 dancers that like to tumble and fly off of couches.
  • Regular weekly rehearsal schedule beginning Wednesday, 9/23 and continuing through the May performances: Monday and Wednesday: 3:45-4:45 p.m.
  • Visiting professor Karla Grotting will continue rehearsals of this project in Spring 2016.

F – Sherry Saterstrom’s Project

  • Directed by Sherry Saterstrom
  • Starting with music, costume, space and improvisational strategies from Gaga and my own Performance Improvisation agenda, we will create a series of pieces that will be workshopped fall semester and early spring semester and performed after Spring Break spring semester. The music is a selection of movements from Hayden Concerti; costumes will shift relating to the selected spaces and approach with the music. Music, costume, and the spaces will be determining factors in the creative process.
  • Experience and comfort with improvisation is required.
  • Rehearsal schedule beginning Tuesday, 9/22: Tuesday: 3:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursday: 3:45-5:45 p.m. Locations will be determined at Sherry’s whim.
  • This project will NOT perform for Spring Concert. Other performance opportunities are to be announced.

G – Heather Klopchin’s Project 1 (Gridlock)

  • Directed by Heather Klopchin
  • Gridlock, originally created in 2007 and remounted in 2011, is a highly athletic and physical dance with lots of movement in and out of the floor. The piece feels stark and isolated, each dancer unaware there is a world outside their own place on the grid.  As the piece continues dancers discover the outside world and long to break out of the grid they are in. I would like to cast 9-16 dancers.
  • Regular weekly rehearsal schedule on Wednesdays: 3:45-5:45pm.
  • Not planning to rehearse in January

H – Heather Klopchin’s Project 2 (tentative title: The eyes open to leave)

  • Directed by Heather Klopchin
  • This new piece will explore relationships and the idea of not seeing what is in front of you both literally (maybe dancing blindfolded or with your eyes closed) and figuratively.  Students involved in the piece will help to create the movement material and may be asked to perform text as well.  I would like to cast 2-4 dancers.
  • Regular weekly rehearsal schedule on Mondays: 3:45-5:45pm.
  • Not planning to rehearse in January.

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, Heather
  • Overlapping TTH rehearsal schedules: First Year Project, Sherry, Veselica, HIJACK

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 J-P Douglas.
  6. Form due: Sunday, September 13, 2015