Jobs & Opportunities

FUSE Diverse Dance Team Practitioners 

Deadline for applications: 10am Thursday 30 May 2019
Interviews / auditions: Tuesday 11 June 2019
As part of our FUSE Diverse Dance programme, we are looking to appoint a new team of open minded, generous, inquisitive dance practitioners who will develop their skills as practitioners through delivering activity and engaging with a wide range of artists and communities. They will work with our FUSE Diverse Dance Lead Practitioner and Choreographer Suzie West, from July 2019 to March 2020 (please see full schedule below)

After a very busy and dynamic year, we are excited to build on the foundations of the FUSE Diverse Dance delivery model with a new group of practitioners. The team will deepen and broaden the reach of the dance programme across the city as we build dialogues between lots of different groups and movers,  encouraging a series of collaborative temporary companies, sociable experiences and performances. FUSE practitioners will continue to explore how dialogue within choreography can mix styles, connect people geographically and bring a new type of performance event to a wider Plymouth community. We are looking for dancers who live or work within the Plymouth / Devon peninsula, with experience and long term interest in facilitating dance in the community, building professional relationships and partnerships.

You will have an opportunity to develop your skills as a dance practitioner, in collaboration with others. You will gain really exciting professional dance CPD with Alleyne Dance and develop your teaching and community dance practice with Suzie West. The team will be responsible for a series of performance projects and workshops in connection with the FUSE Productions and as an individual, you will be providing facilitative, choreographic support and community dance leadership with a number of community groups, young people and peers.

We are looking for dancers who have a strong knowledge and training in a dance style -  or in many - and for those who are comfortable and excited about learning new dance styles and engaging in innovative ways to fuse them. There is a possibility for some of the practitioners within the FUSE team to also work with the Barbican Theatre Performance Training for young dancers, connecting the dancers of Dance Junction (ages 12 - 16) and COMPANY b Dance (ages 16 - 25) into the FUSE programme.  If you have an interest in this role, please express this in your application.

The contract requires the team to be in residence for an average of one week a month.  At times these are week - long residencies or rehearsals that require 5-7 day commitment, however other months have a more flexible use of the contracted hours.

DRAFT FUSE PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 19-20 (opens in a new page)

APPLICATION FORM (opens in a new page) NB. The 'statement' part of the application can be written or presented as a filmed presentation. However the other sections of the application forms must still be completed in writing.

  • Total fee: £3864
  • Contract: freelance over 9 months between July 2019 and March 2020
  • Application deadline: 10am Thur 30 May 2019
  • Audition / interview day: Tues 11 June 2019

    If invited to interview you will be expected to collaborate with each other in a series of scenarios, as well as teach a group of dancers. There will be a panel discussion at the end of the workshop where you will be interviewed alongside other applicants.

As a FUSE team practitioner you will be:
  • Performing a diverse vocabulary of movement and in a range of performance venues from outdoors, social public spaces and theatres.
  • Working collaboratively with Alleyne Dance, Chhaya Collective and with the participants to develop ideas together encouraging co-creation and  communication
  • Honing choreographic and facilitation skills that best suit FUSE to create a model of practice and evolve FUSE Diverse Dance as a piece of action research.
  • Facilitating and co leading community dance groups, youth groups and professional dance collectives,  working across a range of ages, cultures and geographical locations in the city.
  • Providing creative and choreographic support to peers and the community leaders in their own dance groups. Supporting the commissioned dancers in their process as they work towards a Fuse production.
  • Advocating and actively supporting the FUSE projects through your own dance network and dance groups
  • The schedule for the FUSE programme 2019/20 is drafted below (please click on the link to open a separate page) There is some flexibility about the July & August residencies, as we are aware that work calendars may be already booked. From September onwards you must be able to commit to the dates listed as these are contracted with guest companies.

Check out our film created during our final FUSE Diverse Dance production 'Put On Your Red Shoes' at The Plymouth Athenaeum February 2019 >>>

Barbican Theatre's FUSE Diverse Dance programme is funded by Arts Council England.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact James Woodhams by emailing fuse@barbicantheatre.co.uk or calling 01752 267131

Freelance Theatre  & Dance Practitioners 

Deadline for applications: 10am Thursday 30 May 2019
Interviews / auditions: Wednesday 12 June 2019

Barbican Theatre is seeking experienced dance and theatre practitioners join our team to lead on a variety of programmes for young people, including our Barbican Theatre Performance Training (BTPT) classes and work in schools such as our Day of Difference programme.

Barbican Theatre Performance Training delivers dance, theatre, technical and leadership training to young people aged 12-25, and every young person in the programme is currently offered accreditation through Arts Award.

We pride ourselves on delivering high quality classes that help develop young people to become the next innovators within the arts sector.  Lead practitioners on BTPT deliver weekly training for participants, and direct performance opportunities through the year; practitioners on programmes such as Day of Difference may lead one-off workshops in schools, or devise and deliver regular activities with young people across the region. We strive to enable our young people to become arts leaders, developing productions that have benefitted from high quality training.

We are looking for well organised, imaginative people with excellent practical theatre or dance skills, administrative skills and people skills, who passionately believe in the power of the arts to transform lives. Successful candidates will need experience of teaching, training and enabling children and young people, as well as experience of making performance work of the highest quality.

Rate of pay: BTPT Lead Practitioner rate £30 per hour. Other practitioner roles, such as Day of Difference from £11 per hour.

APPLICATION FORM (opens in a new page) NB. The 'statement' part of the application can be written or presented as a filmed presentation. However the other sections of the application forms must still be completed in writing.

  • Rate of pay: BTPT Lead Practitioner rate £30 per hour. Other practitioner roles, such as Day of Difference from £11 per hour.
  • Application deadline: 10am Thur 30 May 2019
  • Audition / interview day: Wed 12 June 2019

     

About Barbican Theatre:
  • Barbican Theatre is an established regional centre of excellence for young, new, emerging theatre and dance artists, a community catalyst and cultural hub at the heart of the historic Barbican.
  • We occupy a key role in the cultural life of the city offering audiences a contemporary theatre, dance, comedy, music programme at small-scale with a popular, alternative cafe/bar. We also manage performances at the larger, city centre based Plymouth Athenaeum theatre.
  • As an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) we develop talent, supporting young people and emerging artists to make new work through access to artistic expertise, training, infrastructure and networks.
  • We work with individuals, communities and schools over time, cultivating engagement in the Arts and contemporary social issues, especially diversity.
If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact James Woodhams by emailing jobs@barbicantheatre.co.uk or calling 01752 267131

FUSE Diverse Dance Movers & Shakers

Registration deadline & audition dates:
15 Aug 2019 12pm: deadline for registration to attend workshop audition
31 Aug 2019 11am - 2pm: workshop audition for Movers and Shakers at Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ.

We’re looking for local trained dancers aged 23+ from the Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall area to be part of our FUSE Diverse Dance “Movers & Shakers” company. This is a new company put together for the 2019-2020 FUSE year. These are paid positions (rate of pay below)

Who are our Movers & Shakers?

Curious, open minded and rebellious dance makers who will work together to co-create a shared vocabulary and prepare a dance piece that will be performed in FUSE events.

Movers and Shakers are engaging performers and experienced in theatre & site work.

Movers and Shakers have a training background to a proficient professional standard.

Movers and Shakers have an aptitude in one or many dance styles.

Movers and Shakers are connected to the Plymouth and Devon dance community and want to collaborate across their practice.

What will the company do?

The company will dance together each month, training with guest companies and engaging in a creative process that explores each others movement languages. The in depth choreographic processes and discussions will be guided by the FUSE Diverse Dance leaders and extend the ongoing action research to find a model of making that can work and a language that reflects the city.

Movers & Shakers Timeline

12 & 13 Sept 2019
Free Residency with Alleyne Dance
14 Sept 2019
Performance with Alleyne Dance & FUSE for Plymouth Respect Festival
14 - 25 Oct 2019
Free class with Chayya Collective
26 Oct 2019
Performance in Dance Platform Movers and Shakers at Barbican Theatre
31 Oct - 2 Nov 2019
Illuminate Light Festival Performance (one evening - tbc)
January 2020
Building & developing the work for February 2020 production (two days/ four evenings)
16 - 20 Feb 2020
Free Alleyne Dance residency with FUSEto devise & co-perform a chapter
21 & & 22 Feb 2020
Performance in the FUSE Production.

What is on offer?

As a company member you’ll have:

  • Contracted employment of five performance days (total £480).
  • Free CPD residencies and masterclasses with Alleyne Dance, FUSE Diverse Dance, Chayya Collective and visiting dancers from a rich mix of styles.
  • Support from Barbican Theatre’s Creative Producer (Dan Baker) and FUSE Leader (Suzie West) with four hours of professional development time.
  • Some studio time at Barbican Theatre for your professional use.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to come along to a workshop audition please email fuse@barbicantheatre.co.uk to register your attendance. You don’t need to prepare anything for the day. We will be taking on 10 dancers for this company (as a reminder we’re looking for applicants aged 23+).

Registration deadline & audition dates

  • 15 Aug 2019 12pm: deadline for registration to attend workshop audition
  • 31 Aug 2019 11am - 2pm: workshop audition for Movers and Shakers at Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ.

If you have any questions about Movers & Shakers or our FUSE Diverse Dance project please email fuse@barbicantheatre.co.uk

Movers & Shakers e flyer
If you have any questions about Movers & Shakers or our FUSE Diverse Dance project please email fuse@barbicantheatre.co.uk
Barbican Theatre's FUSE Diverse Dance programme is funded by Arts Council England.

FUSE Diverse Dance: Young Rebels

Deadline for film submissions is Thur 1 Aug 2019.

Who are Young Rebels?

We are looking for dancers aged 16 - 25 to represent their dance group or dance style and gain some really amazing experiences as a young choreographer.

This is a chance for you to represent your style, individuality and choreograph with support from professional dancers.

How do I get involved?

Submit a short 1 min solo film/ showreel that

  • Showcases your personal style and dance skills
  • Explores a creative response to the idea of boundaries
Deadline for submissions is Thur 1 Aug 2019. (Your youth dance leader can help you with your application).

What will happen?

Eight dancers will be selected and then paired up to create a duet during the first three months. Alleyne Dance will lead a dance masterclass in September for you exploring choreographic ideas and what it feels like to collaborate with a dancer who moves differently to you.

As a duo you will choreograph new creative conversations and fuse your styles to create a live performance piece. In Autumn 2019 you will be supported by a FUSE Diverse Dance practitioner as a mentor to devise duets on the theme of rebellion. Your duets will experiment with mixing styles, celebrating your unique identity and making connections across your dance groups and your partners.

All of the Young Rebels will be performing in festivals, the FUSE February 2020 production and create a dance film. The selected eight Young Rebels will continue to work together and become leaders themselves.

As we get nearer the February 2020 production, you will choreograph alongside the FUSE mentor and your regular dance group leader to produce a chapter in the February production.

Pop these dates in your diary...

20 Sept 2019
FUSE Team & Alleyne Dance run a workshop for young dancers who have won the competition, to get their creative dialogue going and build on collaborative skills.

2 - 14 Oct 2019
Devising as a duet with the FUSE Team Mentor (over two days) to develop a duet.

24 Nov - 1 Dec 2019
Rehearsal & performance of duets at Illuminate Light Festival

4 - 20 Dec 2019
Filming duets for the February production installation.

Young Rebels e-flyer
If you have any questions about Young Rebels or FUSE Diverse Dance please email fuse@barbicantheatre.co.uk
Barbican Theatre's FUSE Diverse Dance programme is funded by Arts Council England.

Work Experience

Barbican Theatre can support week-long Work Experience placements every November and July, and on occasion we are able to support longer-term placements from students and graduates. If you are looking for a placement of this type, then please email us at btpt@barbicantheatre.co.uk  – please be aware that we receive a high volume of requests, and cannot accommodate every placement.