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Lyric Opera of Chicago – Virtual Dance Auditions for Fire Shut Up In My Bones

October 29, 2021
November 22, 2021

Lyric Opera of Chicago to hold virtual dance auditions for
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Terence Blanchard

Submissions due by November 22, 2021

CHICAGO (October 29, 2021)—Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold virtual auditions for solo dancers with significant stage experience for its upcoming production of Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Terence Blanchard, based on the book by Charles M. Blow. The production was originally staged by critically acclaimed co-directors James Robinson and Camille A. Brown, with original choreography by Camille A. Brown. August Tye is the ballet mistress. The opera tells a poignant and profound story of a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship.

Seeking 12 male performers and 2 male covers. The choreographer Camille A. Brown is seeking male dancers with exceptional ability in character, modern, jazz, African, and ballet genres. Applicants must also be exceptionally good with rhythmic phrasing. Traditional casting for African American roles.

Rehearsals will begin Monday, February 28, with five (5) performances running from Thursday, March 24 through Friday, April 8, 2022. Base wages for solo dancers will be $1,447.50/week.

Note: This production addresses sexual abuse of a child, but does not involve nudity or imitation of sexual acts.

The deadline to register for this audition is Monday, November 22, 2021, at 5:00pm CST

Due to COVID-19, Lyric has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Applicants must show proof of vaccination in order to accept an offer.

For further information on audition requirements and registration, please email your résumé and headshot via attachment to Auditions will be by invitation only. These auditions will be virtual—further instructions will be provided upon invitation of audition.

All applicants must have valid eligibility to work in the United States. Lyric Opera will not apply for working permits for foreign dancers.

Artists at Lyric Opera of Chicago are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists. Should you be hired for Fire Shut Up In My Bones you will be required to join this union, if you are not already a member.

Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric Opera of Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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