Looking for dancers/dance crews who wish to participate in a variety of dance film projects that I am putting together (shoot dates mid MAY – rehearsals April/May). A variety of films will be made with high quality lighting, set, costume, film equipment and conceptual development featuring numerous dance genres, character work, narrative and theatricality, in addition to dance technique and skill.
This is a great opportunity for you to build your dance portfolio, as you will receive all clips and the raw footage for yourself to use for your own requirements. I am also open to filming each participant in solo form and/or collaborating with established dance crews. After a pretty hectic 2015, I just want to make some great online dance works with other great artists, so if you have any ideas that you’d like to pitch/discuss, please get in touch, I’m an open book, and keen to see us all do well!
ABOUT ME – Elizabeth Dawson-smith is a director, choreographer, performer, producer, song/script writer. With a First Class Honours accreditation in nineteenth century burlesque traditions (2014), Elizabeth has built a large body of work through her production company, Miss Friby (see below), which has presented seasoned works and national tours over the last seven years. Elizabeth’s flair for subversive entertainment has made it’s mark on the vaudeville, cabaret and burlesque circuit, with two Green Room Award nominations (2012/15), a Fields Award nomination for her ‘Contribution to Australian Vaudeville’ (2015) and act direction for the winning entries of Miss Burlesque Australia 2014 (Zelia Rose) and Mr Boylesque Australia 2015 (Egson Ham). Elizabeth’s dance work has been featured alongside Adelaide Fringe ‘Best Music’ winners, Rapskallion (AUS) 2008-2014, Underscore Orchestra (USA) 2014, Slamboree (UK) 2015 & Woohoo Revue (AUS) 2014-16.
ABOUT MISS FRIBY – Miss Friby’s unique approach to entertainment has seen the company receive high acclaim amongst the dance community (featured in the ‘Immersed Dance Industry Gala’ 2013/14), invited to present alongside top international clowns at ‘So You Think You Can Clown’ (Comedy Festival Hub 2012) and nominated for multiple Green Room Awards ‘Innovation in Cabaret’ (2012) and ‘Best Ensemble’ (2015). Not to mention the company’s achievements as a featured finalist on Channel Nine’s ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ (2013).
Miss Friby’s shows (Two Pound Parlour, Aphrodite’s Bordello, Miss Friby’s Box, Voodoo Vegas) and acts have been highly regarded amongst numerous festivals including Woodford Folk Festival (2014), Splendour in the Grass (2014/15), Falls Festival (2013-16), Rainbow Serpent Festival (2010-16), Apollo Bay Festival (2014) and The National Folk Festival (2013) as well as high end theatre venues such as the National Gallery of Victoria (2012) and the World Famous Spiegeltent (2009).
You will be well versed in one or more of the following genres : classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, broadway, hip-hop, dancehall, showgirl/burlesque, broadway, fosse, go go, lyrical jazz/contemporary – disciplined – a choreography fanatic – open to wacky characters and themes (please note: there will be no nudity involved) – hard working when it comes to challenging choreography – have attention to detail – can sell a performance (able to use your face and your body simultaneously – you’re open to direction – love to try new things as a performer.
Shoot and rehearsals will be taking place in Footscray (and are scheduled on availability) – dancers are not required for all films, this will depend on your availabilities and interests – You can audition online, and if you don’t have any footage (after all that’s why you’ve probably read this far) you can audition in person over the next week or two.