Audition call


Commissioned and produced by FORM Dance Projects

Calling all Western Sydney dancers, aged 15 – 25, to be part of a professional  ensemble of 12 dancers, under the direction of choreographer Emma Saunders, on a large-scale festival production Encounter, to be presented in 2019-2020.

We are looking for confident performers with training in any style of dance that exhibit creative potential, risk taking, power, effort, stamina, consistency and personal flair.

You don’t need to prepare anything in advance just bring your energy and enthusiasm.

Emma Saunders, director/choreographer, will run a performance task based workshop audition.

Place: Studio 404, 404 Church St, Parramatta

Date: Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Time: 4.30 – 6PM

Employment: This is a paid contracted casual position and successful dancers must be available for creative development sessions from Dec 2018 – Apr 2020 on selected school term week nights, and occasional weekend intensives in FORM’s Parramatta, Western Sydney, studio AND a regional (fLiNG Physical Theatre, Bega, NSW) residency 12 – 18 April 2019.

(Open to all dancers, secondary school to tertiary or professional aged 15 – 25 .  NB: All dates compatible with NSW secondary school calendar and holidays)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse dancers are encouraged to apply.

Please email  with subject line ENCOUNTER AUDITION with your full contact details including email, mobile, address.
(If under 18 please send guardian/parent contact details).
Phone: 9806 5609

Child Safe Environment
FORM Dance Projects is committed to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for all young dancers. We prioritise the safety and well-being of children and young people participating in our programs and creative projects. All of our staff and artists have a valid Working with Children Check and adhere to our Child Protection Policy.

About The Director/Choreographer
Emma Saunders is an artist, who works as a dancer, curator, choreographer and educator. She graduated with a BA in Dance and Grad Dip Ed (Dance/Drama) from the University of Western Sydney. Her work is immediate, often working with humour, everyday movements, repetition, duration and abstraction. She is a co-founder member of The Fondue Set, and was the inaugural Dance Curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2008 – 2012), where she co-curated a series of dance projects that examine community, location, exchange, culture, age and the interdisciplinary nature of making dance work. She is currently an Associate Artist of NORPA, Lismore, NSW.


ENCOUNTER is a cross-disciplinary project featuring orchestral music, contemporary dance and physical theatre. On this production FORM will partner with Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, Four Winds Festival, fLiNG Physical Theatre and Bundanon Trust. WSYO offers highly reputable orchestral training to young musicians living in Western Sydney, under the leadership of conductor, James Pensini. FORM has a similar mission in the annual Sharp Short Dance Festival providing mentoring, industry networking and performance opportunities for young Western Sydney dancers.

About The Producer

FORM Dance Projects is a dynamic hub for Australian contemporary dance based in Parramatta. Since 2011 FORM has grown into one of Australia’s leading dance presenters. Its aim is to support Australian choreographers in all stages of their career, develop artists’ national profiles, provide professional development opportunities, engage with the local community in meaningful ways, including Western Sydney young people and cultural performers, and connect with audiences.

FORM’s program encompasses successfully commissioning and producing genre-defying large-scale festival productions with the aim to provide professional development for artists, create opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations and develop new audiences. The first production was PUNCTURE, directed by Patrick Nolan, commissioned by FORM Dance Projects and co-produced with Legs on the Wall and Vox, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs delighting critics and audiences with its mix of choral music, physical theatre and contemporary dance. This was followed by commissioning and producing  CHAMPIONS, directed by Martin del Amo, positioning 11 highly skilled female dancers into a football stadium to challenge pervasive notions of who qualifies as a champion. Martin del Amo won the 2018 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for CHAMPIONS.