Minnesota Opera is engaging in a two-week residency with choreographer and dancer Akram Khan. This residency is an investigation into the creation of a new type of opera, one that explores the intersections between opera, dance, and devised theater. Akram will be joined by long time Akram Khan Company Rehearsal Director, Mavin Khoo, and composer Aditya Prakash.
Minnesota Opera is seeking 5 dancers to collaborate with our 5 Resident Artist singers as we collaborate with Akram to discover the roots of a new work through and for voice and movement. Dancers should have a minimum of 4 years professional experience, with a combination of foundational classical technique and contemporary floor work, be open to improvisational ideation and physical response, and be willing to bring forth creative input throughout the residency.
Dates for the residency are October 25 – November 5, 2021 (details below), with all rehearsals taking place at the Minnesota Opera Center rehearsal spaces in the North Loop, Minneapolis. The residency will culminate in a discussion and sharing of the process on November 5, to be recorded, possibly streamed, and utilized for grant and funding purposes.
Apologies for the late notice as we worked to get visa approval for those coming from the U.K.
Monday – Friday, October 25 – 29, 2021
Monday – Friday, November 1 – 5, 2021
10:00a – 11:15a Dancer Class with Mavin Khoo
11:30a – 7:00p Rehearsal with one hour lunch break and two 15 to 20-minute
breaks throughout the day
Compensation: $950 per week – Independent Contracts
Please submit general information and a digital audition via Vimeo at the above link. Videos are not to exceed 4 minutes in length and should represent a diversity of your approach toward dance. Application Deadline: Friday, October 8, 2021 by 11:59p.
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Minnesota Opera is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our team members and has a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in place which follows guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, as well as industry guidance for safe performing arts activities.
All staff, artists, contractors, and other parties directly engaged by Minnesota Opera are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their first date of in-person work. Fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC, is two weeks after your final vaccine dose. Proof of vaccination will be required.
All participants will be required to comply with Minnesota Opera COVID-19 safety protocols as a condition of employment, which include proper wearing of acceptable face coverings in MNOP facilities, including during classes/rehearsals, and regular COVID-19 testing at no expense to the participant.