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AUDITIONS FOR EXPANDED CONTEMPORARY DANCE

The Expanded Contemporary Dance programme welcomes passionate, open-minded students with an inquiring mind, from all cultural backgrounds,  and parts of the world. Are you a skilled dancer wanting to develop to a professional level in the broad field of contemporary dance? Are you looking to deepen your understanding of your own moving body? Do you wish to expand your dance and performance vocabulary? Are you wondering what "contemporary" dance is today and how you can take part in defining it? If your answer to these questions is ‘Yes’, sign up now for the auditions for admission to the 2023-2024 academic year.

There will be three phases of auditions for the Expanded Contemporary Dance programme. See below for an explanation of each phase.

The audition panel is made up of Expanded Contemporary Dance teachers and guest artists. If you would like to know more about the panel members follow this link (online soon).

TIMETABLE

PRE-SELECTION ROUND

Option 1: by video                        
Deadline 15 February 2023 
Results announced: March 8 2023

Option 2: live in Amsterdam     
Registration deadline: 15 February 2023

Dutch candidates     
Dates: March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. 
You will receive an email from ECD assigning you an audition date. You cannot choose a preferred audition date.

International candidates
Dates: April 11

For all the live pre-selection rounds the results are announced live, the same evening. 

SELECTION ROUND 1
12 &13 April 2023

SELECTION ROUND 2
14 &15 April 2023

Confirmation of jurys final decision will be made by email, approximately 2 weeks after Selection Round 2.

PRE-SELECTION ROUND

Two options
To accommodate as many candidates as possible, we offer two options for the pre-selection round. You have the option to audition live in Amsterdam or audition by video (your choice may be determined by your financial capacity, access to transport, etc).

OPTION 1
VIDEO PRE-SELECTION
Two videos of required technical phrases (see links below) and one video of a free solo.

You will be asked to learn and reproduce two dance phrases on video, in the same way as you would reproduce a dance phrase given by a teacher in a dance class.
For the solo, you have one (1) minute to show us anything that you feel represents you and your dancing.

 

OPTION 2
LIVE PRE-SELECTION

In our studios at the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam you will take part in:

- presentation of the two phrases
- presentations of free solos

Please note: for the live pre-selection you prepare the same assignments as the candidates of option 1. This means that you should know the phrases by heart when you arrive to the audition; we will not teach them on the audition day. 

120 applicants (approx.) will be selected to take part in SELECTION ROUND 1.
 

SELECTION ROUND 1 – live in Amsterdam

Day 1: Creative process with a choreographer
Day 2: Technical dance classes 

The creative process on Day 1 and the classes on Day 2 will be led by teachers from the Expanded Contemporary Dance programme and guest artists.

This phase takes two full days. The selection is made at the end of Day 2. Approximately 50 candidates will be invited to take part in the second and final selection round.

SELECTION ROUND 2 – live in Amsterdam

Day 1 
- Physical Theatre class
- Solos

Day 2
- Class with a choreographer
- Interviews

Final jury deliberation takes place at the end of the second round. The results will be announced in person to the candidates the same evening.

Within a week after SELECTION ROUND 2 you will receive an email informing you of whether you have been selected as one of the 22 students to enter the first year of Expanded Contemporary Dance.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

ALL APPLICANTS (both live and video PRE-SELECTION)
PLEASE NOTE that you must use the online application form to register. It is not possible to register via Studielink.

1)  Open the online application form 
Fill out the form.

The form is organised as follows:

Part 1 – General info*
Part 2 – Education and dance experience
Part 3 – Registering for live or video pre-selection
Part 4 – (applicable ONLY if you chose VIDEO pre-selection) – Uploading the videos

* In Part 1 you are asked to upload a recent portrait photo of yourself. Please ensure your photo is a close headshot with your face clearly visible.

2) How to submit your online application

On the last page of the online application form you are asked to check your details one last time and to click on 'Submit' to submit your application.
After submitting your application, you will receive an automatic email confirmation.

If you do not receive the confirmation email, your application has not been submitted! Please try again. If you are having technical issues, please contact us!
 

If you are applying for the LIVE PRE-SELECTION round
Once you have completed the form, click on ‘Submit’ to submit your application.
After submitting your application, you will receive an automatic email confirmation.  

Approximately three (3) weeks before 11 April 2023 you will receive detailed information about the LIVE audition in Amsterdam.  Please ensure you have made all your travel arrangements in ad-vance, taking all audition dates into consideration-. The LIVE PRE-SELECTION round on 11 April   and the FIRST SELECTION ROUND on 12 of April  start early in the morning. Please note that 15 April (SECOND SELECTION ROUND) will be a full day – be sure to bear this in mind when plan-ning your trip.   
  

If you are applying for the VIDEO PRE-SELECTION round  

Besides filling out the application form, you’ll need to upload video links. When you have completed the whole form, click on ‘Submit’ to submit your application. After submitting your application you will receive an automatic email confirmation.

Required technical phrases
Please rehearse the following two phrases:

Phrase 1. Jo and May
Full phrase performed on music by Jo and May: https://vimeo.com/772425452
Jo and May guide you slowly step by step through the phrase: https://vimeo.com/772425686
Musiuc: Spotify playlist https://open.spotify.com/track/3V8o8veP6jXPK0bNs79H2s

Music free of choice. 

Phrase 2. Uhr'lice, Harvey and Federica
Full phrase performed on music by Uhr'lice, Harvey and Federica: https://vimeo.com/772425247
Uhr'lice, Harvey and Federica guide you slowly step by step through the phrase: https://vimeo.com/772424983

Full phrase advanced performed to music by Uhr'lice, Harvey and Federica
https://vimeo.com/772423771 

Uhr'lice, Harvey and Federica slowly lead you step by step through the phrase advanced: 
https://vimeo.com/772424723
Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvySgB0JwUc

Music free of choice. 

Make a video recording of your rendition of the phrases. (Please make two separate video record-ings, one of each phrase.)
Make a video recording of your free solo.
You will submit 3 videos in total.

Please name your videos in this way:

NameSurname_JoMayPhrase_ECDAudition2023
NameSurname_UhrliceHarveyFedericaPhrase_ECDAudition2023
NameSurname_FreeSolo_ECDAudition2023
Upload your three (3) videos.

Please upload your pre-selection videos to a video hosting website such as YouTube or Vimeo, then share the link with us via the online application form. You can secure your link with a password if you prefer. Password must be included in the application form. 

DO NOT send links to online drives (Apple, Google, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.) or file transfer ser-vices (WeTransfer, etc). Videos linked to in this way will not be watched.

DO NOT send video files. We cannot download files.
Before sending your link, please check it meets the requirements described above.

No later than two weeks after the deadline of 15 February 2023, we will send an email to all Option 2-applicants, informing them of whether they have been select-ed to participate in SELECTION ROUND 1 in Amsterdam on April 12 and 13 2023. If you are invited to participate in SELECTION ROUND 1, please immediately make all the necessary travel arrangements, bearing in mind all the audition dates. The first round on April 12 starts early in the morning. Please note that 15 April will be a full day – be sure to bear this in mind when planning your trip.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please send an email to Roos Oudt roos.oudt@ahk.nl

 

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