Casting Opportunity for 2021
Application Deadline: 20th Jan 2021
Swing Circus Theatre Performance Company is looking for exceptional natural movers with a high level background in circus and or dance for the redevelopment of their newest show ‘In Colour’.
Directed by Deborah Baddoo and Steve Marshall, In Colour looks deeply into identity and racial inequality, told within the framework of the history of Jazz dance.
In Colour is a semi abstract narrative piece, set in the era of the Harlem Renaissance. It requires highly expressive artists that can articulate emotions through movement. An uplifting show with a strong message.
Choreographed by Lana Williams, In Colour, fuses contemporary circus disciplines with vernacular Jazz dance, (what's that? click here) including Charleston and Lindy Hop.
Requirements: We are looking for performers for our upcoming residency in April - May 2021, with performances scheduled throughout 2021 (tbc).
You should have very high level skills in your chosen genre with a captivating performance quality and a willingness to learn and develop new skills within dance and circus. You don’t need to have experience in Lindy Hop or vernacular jazz dance but you should be a physically strong and a naturally grounded mover who can adapt to other art forms well, including basic acrobatics.
Applying as a dancer: A background in African dance, hip hop, and contemporary works well. Partnering skills and prior knowledge of vernacular jazz and lindy hop would be a bonus.
Applying as a circus performer: In colour requires a high level circus professional performer with dance ability. Preferred disciplines are hat manipulation, cyr wheel, acrobatics and juggling. Would also consider Chinese pole.
Additional skills we are interested in: Playing a musical instrument, singing. We are looking for an excellent human with good inter-human skills that we would enjoy being on tour with!
We would like to work with performers who are open to create and contribute towards our theme and narrative in the continued development of the show.
We are looking to cast 1 possibly 2 new artists, and are especially interested in hearing from ethnic minority performers.
Fees: Professionally paid work. Equity minimum.
Application Deadline: 20th Jan 2021
Please make sure you have availability for the following dates.
Auditions: Video submissions Nov 2020 - Jan 2021
Initial workshop day: (tbc)
Residency: 5th - 20th April 2021
Performance dates throughout 2021 (tbc) - Spring/ Summer season
Autumn/ Winter season
Swing Circus is working extensively to ensure all rehearsals and interactions are covid-safe. Working with detailed health and safety risk assessments for the protection of all artists and creatives involved.
All dates throughout 2021 are subject to change, following government restriction related to Covid-19.
How to Apply
We need four things:
1. Your details in the application form below
2. A link to your showreel (enter in form below)
3. A link to your video task response (enter in form below)
4. Your CV: please email your CV to
Movement freestyle video task
Have a listen to the Basie Beat track here: https://youtu.be/177calFK_jM or in the viewer below. Please take a video of yourself performing approximately 1 minute of freestyle movement to any section your prefer.
Any movement goes, you may use props, but remember that we are primarily looking at how you move to the music.
You will need to save your video on an online platform such as youtube, vimeo or dropbox - and make sure your set your sharing settings so we can access it.
Phone videos are absolutely fine, just try to amplify the soundtrack as loud as you can for the recording.
If you have any access needs that make it difficult for you to complete this task, please get in touch: