30 dancers / physical performers, female / male, aged approximately 18-25, are invited to take part in Bolero.  This is an exciting opportunity to perform in an original, international show that will premiere at neat14 (Nottingham European Arts & Theatre Festival) at Nottingham Playhouse.

We are seeking performers with strong but subtle stage presence and focus, and excellent coordination skills.  You will perform extracts of a ballet and movements inspired by Ravel’s ‘Bolero’.  You will work closely with choreographer, Arianna Maiorani, to produce a physical ensemble score that will work as a visual backdrop to the piece.  You will perform for up to 90 minutes in a main stage production.  Previous experience is not essential, but as this is a high-profile, professional production, we do insist on commitment to all audition, rehearsal and performance dates.


Production title:  Bolero

Production type:  Professional, independent

Style:  Devised theatre performance

Director:  Michael Pinchbeck

Choreographer:  Arianna Maiorani

Partners:  Arts Council England, British Council, Theatre Writing Partnership, Primary, Sarajevo War Theatre, ODA Theatre (Pristina), Nottingham Playhouse, Dance4, National Ice Centre, Primary.

Production length:  90 minutes, no interval

Production location:  Nottingham

Audition location:  Nottingham Playhouse

Fee:  Unpaid

Websites:  www.michaelpinchbeck.co.uk / www.makingbolero.wordpress.com

Email:  info@michaelpinchbeck.co.uk


Auditions:  Monday 10 March, 6pm-9pm, Nottingham Playhouse

Rehearsals:  Tuesday 22 – Friday 25 April, 10am-5pm, Primary (Nottingham)

Refresher day:  Friday 16 May, 11am-4pm, National Ice Centre (Nottingham)

Technical rehearsal:  Friday 30 May, 2pm-6pm, Nottingham Playhouse

Dress rehearsal:  Saturday 31 May, 2pm-4pm, Nottingham Playhouse

Performances:  Saturday 31 May – Sunday 1 June, 6pm-9pm, Nottingham Playhouse


An assassin raises his gun.  A conductor raises his baton.  A piece of music that lasts 17 minutes has begun.

In 1928, Maurice Ravel wrote ‘Bolero’ in Paris.  In 1984, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean danced to it at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.  Eight years later the stadium where they won gold was bombed.  Seats were made into coffins.  The ice of the rink was replaced by the ice of the morgue.  Roses on ice were replaced by roses on war graves.  Working with the music as a bridge between these two stories, Nottingham writer and theatre maker Michael Pinchbeck (The Ashes) takes a journey from Paris to Sarajevo, from 1914 to 1994, from the First World War to the Bosnian War.  Six performers from the UK, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Germany and a local community cast weave together a devised biography of ‘Bolero’.  This extraordinary trilingual performance follows the journey of the bullet that started the First World War and finds its ricochets in the rhythm of the music that defined the most famous Olympic ice dance routine of all time.


Please send a performance CV outlining relevant experience along with a 50 word statement as to why you would like to be involved in Bolero to infoATmichaelpinchbeck.co.uk by midday on Friday 7 March. Thanks in advance.


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