Audition Opportunity: Synetic Theater’s Student Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Master & Margarita

Synetic Theater Rehearsal for "Master & Margarita"

Synetic Theater, DC’s Premier Physical Theater, will be holding auditions this Saturday for their student production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you don’t know the Shakespeare play, read it now. It’s one of my favorites. I checked in with Synetic Theater’s Marketing Associate Tricia Homer for the dance connection. Here’s what she had to say:

The Synetic style is unique to the company. There are performers with years of dance experience and several with none at all. It is physical theater combining movement techniques such as mime, acrobatics, aerial and parkour with drama. Some dance elements I might say are present in the work are Riverdance, Ballet, Modern, Breakdancing, Capoeira, etc. There is absolutely no dance requirement, but the audition will entail movement.  The production is a class ending in a performance- so we will most likely be accepting all who audition.  The audition process is a part of the casting process.

The Deets

  • Auditions for Synetic Theater’s student production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by Alex Mills, Ben Cunis and Ryan Sellers)
  • 2786 South Arlington Mill Drive; Arlington, VA 22206
  • Saturday, January 15th 10am-1pm (Auditions will be scheduled every half hour. Contact to schedule an audition appointment).
  • Auditioning students ages 10-18. Must be able to attend rehearsals February 1st to March 10th and perform at shows scheduled for March 11th, 12th and 13th. There will be a registration fee for all students accepted.
  • For the audition please prepare a monologue and come in clothes designed to move.

Dance Performances at Artisphere Opening Day

Artisphere celebrated its opening day on 10-10-10 with free dance, music and theater performances. This new venue located two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro plans to transform the DC art community by providing an innovative space for a variety of art forms including comedy, performance art and poetry. Urban Artistry, Bowen McCauley Dance, Hoop Dance DC and Jane Franklin Dance were among the groups who performed at the Artisphere opening.


source: Washington City Paper

Bowen McCauley Dance performed on the main staircase of the Town Square area at 4pm. The dancers took advantage of the staircase landing for their main performance space and used the railings like ballet barres. The white wall behind the dancers served as a huge projection screen which played a corresponding video. The majority of dancers were dressed in white with one male dancer dressed in black. I couldn’t guess the story line based on the choreography, but the video hinted at a heaven/hell theme with the dancers donning angel wings.

At 4:30pm, I headed to the Ballroom area of Artisphere to check out members of the Meetup group Hoop Dance DC. Jocelyn Gordon, the group’s organizer, introduced the concept of hoop dancing which incorporates dance moves with the exercise fad of hula hooping. I found out from her opening remarks that hoopers have hooping names like bboys. Her name was ‘Star Cobra’ and another hooper went by ‘Baby Daddy.’ There was more hoop than dance in the hoop dance performance, but the spectators – especially the  kids – were loving it.

I also listened to a unique musical performance by Sonic Circuits in the Dome and explored the ‘Skateboard Side Effects’ exhibition in the Terrace Gallery. What did you experience at the Artisphere opening? What did you think about the space?

danceDC Weekend Event Guide 10/8-10/10

Binary Workshops

source: DMV Dance Network

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I’m excited for the opening of Artisphere this Sunday! This new art space promises ‘to showcase an eclectic mix of thought-provoking, weird and wonderful arts activities.’ What more could you want? If you’re relying on the Blue/Orange line, you’re out of luck since Metro Center, McPherson Square and Farragut West are all closed this weekend. But if you live in the Logan Circle area like I do, you can take the Circulator from Dupont straight to Rosslyn.

My parents and little bro are in town this weekend so I’m missing out on a couple great workshops here in DC so do me a favor and go to them! Binary Workshops featuring Eddie Styles at Halo Dance Studio (my tweep Teren Dickson will also be teaching) on Saturday and Luam at Joy of Motion/Friendship Heights on Sunday.

If you attend and want to guest post, hit me up. Hopefully see some of you at VelocityDC tonight at Harman Center for the Arts. Enjoy your weekend and keep dancing!

Friday, October 8th

Saturday, October 9th

  • 1pm-7pm: Test of a B-Boy Battle at Riverfront Festival (The Yards Riverfront Park)
  • 1pm-7:30pm: Binary Workshops ft. Eddie Styles (Jabbazwockeez, Rock So Fresh, SDZulu) at Halo Dance Studio (Gaithersburg)
  • 2pm: VelocityDC Dance Festival at Harman Center for the Arts
  • 7:30pm: Dakshina’s Fall Festival of Indian Arts at Lincoln Theater
  • 8pm: VelocityDC Dance Festival at Harman Center for the Arts
  • 8pm: Deez Nutz 2010 at Dance Place

Sunday, October 10th

  • 10am-11pm: Artisphere Grand Opening featuring performances from Urban Artistry, Bowen McCauley Dance, Hoop Dance DC, Jane Franklin Dance
  • 3pm: Full Circle Dance Company’s 10th Anniversary Concert at Stephens Hall Theatre (Towson University)
  • 5:30pm: Hip Hop Master Class with Luam at Joy of Motion/Friendship Heights
  • 6pm: Furia Flamenca at Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage
  • 7pm: Deez Nutz 2010 at Dance Place
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