This past summer, Rhythmically Speaking celebrated 10 years of presenting excellent staged work inspired by jazz and American social dance ideas and created by primarily Minnesota-based artists as a means of building community and encouraging consciousness of the sociocutural histories of and innovations in these forms. Now entering our second decade, we are excited to stretch ourselves and fulfill our mission in innovative new ways by reimagining our annual summer production under the title Rhythmically Speaking presents . . . The Cohort.
For this inaugural year of the program, we are looking for one “Local” (Minnesota-based) choreographer (in addition to RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard) to make a new work, and two “Touring” choreographers (based outside Minnesota) to revisit a piece of their repertoire. We will also be casting a group of eight to twelve dancers to learn and perform said works.
This new vision for our annual production will continue our support of new work by local choreographers while providing touring opportunities for choreographers from outside Minnesota. It will also create regular professional performance opportunities for local dancers interested in staged work inspired by jazz and American social dance ideas. We are looking to deepen the engagement of and improve compensation for involved artists and to offer audiences fewer but more substantial works to experience while building community among all of them. The project will culminate in a fully produced show August 15-17, 2019 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. For important details on eligibility, requirements, compensation and submissions/ auditions, please read:
Choreographer submission forms are due by 5pm on Friday, 11/30/18. Questions (encouraged!) and submission forms to be sent to [email protected]. We look forward to seeing your work, and thank you for supporting our past efforts and foray into new programming territory!