COMPANY b Dance performing at U.Dance 2015. Photo by Gem Ward – Photography
Barbican Theatre invites dancers and actors aged 14 – 25 to audition for their two cutting edge performance companies, COMPANY b Dance & COMPANY b Theatre.
These two companies are integral in creating exciting new work in Plymouth and are part of Barbican Theatre’s Performance Training programme for 5 – 25 year olds.
“COMPANY b Dance and COMPANY b Theatre members train hard to create extremely high quality, original performances, inspired by their own passions and interests” says the theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Laville. “Their work is experimental, meaningful and entertaining, with all the fun of training and rehearsal evident in the powerful energy and sheer skill of execution.”
Last year, COMPANY b Dance had an action-packed calendar, which began with training alongside national choreographers James Wilton, Company Chameleon, Theo Clinkard and ZoieLogic Dance. Their powerful curtain raiser opened James Wilton’s international tour of ‘Last Man Standing’ in February, and they concluded the year with a vital role in U.Dance – England’s biggest National Youth Dance Festival.
For U.Dance 2015, COMPANY b Dance choreographed a piece for film, performed in a schools tour and outdoors as part of Dance in the City and showed their repertoire of work at Dance Plymouth Dance on Theatre Royal Plymouth’s main stage. This year looks to be just as busy, with opportunities to train with inspirational local and national artists and perform in Barbican Theatre’s uniquely intimate auditorium.
COMPANY b Theatre had an equally incredible opportunity-crammed year, culminating in a season of sold out performances of ‘The Spice Box’ inside the City’s 16th Century Elizabethan House on the Barbican. The production was produced in partnership with the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and re-imagined key parts of Plymouth’s history through the real stories of local people.
By August, members of COMPANY b Theatre were performing alongside professional actors in Barbican Theatre’s brand new summer show adventure, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. This accessible and extraordinarily vibrant version of the Shakespearian classic was presented to sell out audiences over two weeks at the theatre and outdoors at Residence ONE in Royal William Yard.
Young people who join COMPANY b enjoy tremendous opportunities to take part in high quality training and performance. As well as developing skills in technique, choreography, devising and performance, they gain invaluable life skills and leadership training. This training is ideal for young people studying GSCE, A Level or Higher Education courses in Dance/Theatre, as well as for those with limited or no previous experience, but with a burning desire to develop and progress.
Regular performances in the theatre and in more challenging and unusual environments, give company members the chance to develop their performance skills and create opportunities for development. Barbican Theatre are specialists in helping young people to hone their talent and reach their potential. Thanks to their way of working, many of the young people who have trained with Barbican Theatre have gone on to study at the best Drama and Dance Schools and Universities in the country.
If you want to develop your theatre or dance skills, boost your confidence, learn skills for life, make stunning performances, work with experienced practitioners and be a vibrant part of the city’s culture, come along to the COMPANY b auditions. People with all styles and all levels of experience are welcome.
COMPANY b Dance auditions take place on Tuesday 22 and 29 September from 6-9pm, whilst COMPANY b Theatre auditions are on Wednesday 23 and 30 September from 6-9pm. The auditions will be held in Barbican Theatre’s auditorium at Castle Street, Plymouth, PL1 2NJ.
To register for an audition, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 267131. Visit www.barbicantheatre.co.uk to find out more about Barbican Theatre and their Performance Training programme.