Auditions Announced for 13TH AND REPUBLIC at Walterhoope

wh_logoTitle: 13TH AND REPUBLIC
Poetry by Tyrone Williams
Music Composition by Kaleel Skeirik
Produced by Walterhoope (Audrey Bertaux, Producing Artistic Director)

Director/Choreographer: Darnell Pierre Benjamin
Musical Director: Michael Goist

Union Status: Union & Non-Union

All positions are paid.

1st Rehearsal: April 7, 2020
Opening: April 24, 2020
Closing: May 2, 2020

Performance Location: 1st Lutheran Church, Cincinnati

Auditions Date: Monday, February 10, 2020
Audition Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Walterhoope is seeking the following performers for its upcoming world premiere of 13th & Republic, a dance and musical reflection on excessive use of police force in Black communities. The piece will follow a single character who interacts with an ensemble of dancers and chorus of singers to tell their story. Abstracted and refocused, sometimes told out of time, sometimes painfully in time, the story carries the audience through the performance to answer the question, “Where do we go from here?”

Auditions by appointment. Please email your headshot and resume to to schedule an appointment. Preparation instructions for the audition will be provided once scheduled.

Casting Breakdown:

Apollo: African-American. Strong and vulnerable, between 20s and 30s. Ability to move from hip-hop to modern dance seamlessly. Keen sense of awareness, and physically unapologetic. Experience with classical and poetic text, and ease of facility with making the text come alive. Risk-taker, but also knows how to play by the rules. Strong vocalist, with a voice that commands the space.

2 Dancers: Agile and smooth as butter. Natural ability towards musicality in movement. Can tell a story just with the body, but also has the strength of text work. Ability to shift from character to character with tangible extremes. Vulnerable and able to dig deep.

4 Singers: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass for Chamber Opera Vocal Quartet. Standard ranges. Styles:  Recitation with Percussion improvisation, Chamber Opera and Solo Singing, Contemporary-Renaissance Madrigal, Gospel, 20th Century Classical styles (some dissonant multi-meter and intensely rhythmic singing). Embody the voices of the community and ancillary characters.

Percussionist: Performer will be working alongside the dancers during rehearsals developing percussive elements in an open ended and semi-improvisatory context. Instruments will be provided during the audition.

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