This past Monday, I attended the audition for Company XIV. I had never heard of them before, but I found the posting on Dance NYC and when I saw their work online, I was super excited. Classical technique, baroque with a dark cabaret twist, burlesque, and high drama and spectacle? Umm… that has me written all over it. I made sure “wearing pasties” was listed under special skills on my resume and headed out to the open call in Brooklyn.
Another numbered audition, yay! I’m lucky number 61. I wrote my number on the card they provided, and then I decided it was too small. I should be proud I’m number 61. So I re-wrote it a little more boldly.
Then I did this little trick that I learned in the Spellbinding Burlesque workshop I took last Saturday. Maybe I shouldn’t be giving it away but my readership isn’t too huge :). Veronica showed us that if you ever want to feel powerful and own a room, all you have to do is stand in the door and take in the space for 120-150 seconds. Everyone, apparently, instinctually looks at the door sometime every 120 seconds, give or take. Everyone also instinctually avoids standing in the door, so I guess if you have the balls to it puts you in a position of power. So I stood in the door. I hope it worked…
Anyway, there were about 150 dancers there. The first thing we learned was a simple gesture sequence. I could tell that the artistic director was definitely looking for the intention behind the movement more than the movement itself. There were no counts either, all on our own time.
I did this in my group and made the first cut. Woohoo! I actually made a first cut for a company audition. Go figure. They kept about 50 people I think.
We continued with the same combination but it quickly spiraled from simple gestures into utter craziness involving battement fouettes, crazy turns and a lot of head whipping. I somehow started to figure it out. I was definitely able to think about more than the steps and my technique and adding some nuance. Always a good thing.
I watched everyone else and I saw some really lovely dancers that I thought were interesting to watch and who had lovely technique. Neither I nor they made the second cut. He kept about 20 people I think. The women he did keep were not like me.
Conclusion: possibly typed out. Oh well. I’ll definitely come to any open auditions they hold in the future.