WE ARE HERE COMPANY – Expression Of Interest CLOSED

An initiative of FORM Dance Projects, The WE ARE HERE Company is a breakthrough contemporary dance company like no other. The Company holds artistry, performative range and collaboration in its work, contributing and redefining the current look, approach and style of Australian contemporary dance. At its helm is Emma Saunders, a ‘formidable’ award winning Australian, independent dance artist.

WE ARE HERE is calling for artists to put forward an expression of interest as WE ARE HERE is looking for new members ready to start from July 13, 2021!! You will be joining an industry led, practice based, choreographic and performance development program.

WE ARE HERE will develop new projects to be presented in Sharp Short Dance festival 2021 and Dance Bites May Season, 2022 (subject to successful project funding), presented by FORM Dance Projects with Emma Saunders as Leading Artist.

We are looking for open minded, enthusiastic and confident performers with previous dance training in any style of dance and who exhibit performative and choreographic potential. WE ARE HERE is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team.

Open to Western Sydney dancers (and elsewhere for one guest position) aged between 18-30 years.

You will need to complete an expression of interest by  Wednesday 9 June, midnight.

You will need to attend :

STUDIO SESSION: Tuesday 15 June, 2021 5.30-8.30pm. Successful applicants will be notified by and invited to come to a studio session with the WE ARE HERE Company.

 CALL BACK TBC:  Tuesday 22 June, 2021 5.30-8.30pm. If needed, auditionees will be asked for a call back.

If Successful:

  • Minimum commitment is 6 months. Maximum is forever.
  • Available for weekly sessions each Tuesday evening 5.30-8.30pm at Northmead Studio Elizabeth Crescent Northmead, NSW 2152
  • Dates:
    – Tuesdays 13 July to 14 September
    – 2-day intensive 27/28 September
    – 5 October to Tuesday 14 December
    – 10 October Sharp Short Dance Finale Performance
    – May 2022 Dance Bites (subject to successful project funding)
  • Costs are $220 per term (payment plans available) Creative Kids Registered provider, claim your $100 voucher HERE

Northmead Studios, Elizabeth Crescent Northmead, NSW 2152 (corner of Northmead Reserve)
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Venue is Wheelchair Accessible

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FORM Dance Projects values everyone’s health and safety. Rest assured we have created a COVID Safe workplace environment in accordance with Australian & NSW Government Public Health Covid-19 Regulations.

Associate Artist
Emma Saunders

Emma Saunders has been described as a “formidable” (Realtime, 2010) Australian dance artist who works as a dancer, choreographer, director, educator and curator. She is interested in the simplicity of dance and the complexity of choreography. Utilising a visceral, instinctive attack, her work is immediate, often working with humour, everyday movement, text, repetition, deconstruction, duration and abstraction.

Emma is a co-founding member of the award-winning Sydney based trio, The Fondue Set, alongside Jane McKernan and Elizabeth Ryan, who have created 10 full length works including Green Room Award-winning No Success Like Failure presented at the Sydney Opera House (2008) and Dance Massive, Arts House (2009). The Fondue Set have also performed in the Melbourne International Arts Festival (The Bar, 2008) and Sydney Festival First Night (The Hoofer, 2010). The Fondue Set has toured nationally in Australia and internationally to the UK, Europe and Japan.

Emma was the inaugural Dance Curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2008 – 2012). Emma has created two large-scale outdoor site-specific dance works, The Bankstown Dancing Project, commissioned by Urban Theatre Projects for Sydney Festival 2015, and The Austinmer Dancing Project 1.1.18, commissioned by Wollongong city Council exploring where dance and community can intersect.

In 2019, Emma was commissioned by FORM Dance Projects to create a new outdoor large scale dance work, Encounter, for Sydney Festival 2020 which involved a 50 piece live orchestra (WSYO), 16 dancers, original 1hr composition by composers Jodi Phyllis (The Clouds) and Amanda Brown (The Go-Betweens), Miles Franklin nominee writer Felicity Castagna and slam poet Pola Fanous. Emma is now 2020 Associate Artist for FORM Dance Projects where she is currently creating a new Western Sydney Youth Dance Company she has entitled the WE ARE HERE Company.

She graduated with a BA in Dance and Grad Dip Ed (Dance/Drama) from the University of Western Sydney (1996) and lectured in Movement, Performance Art and Generative Performance Practice at the University of Wollongong (2010-2019).

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