Re:sound Choreographers

Streetwise Opera is embarking on its first national, public-facing programme of work since 2019: Re:sound. We want our return to the stages in the regions in which we work – Manchester, Nottingham and London – to be dynamic, connected, inclusive and accessible.

Re:sound is a year-long festival, starting in April 2022, that will unite Streetwise Opera performers across London, Manchester and Nottingham; a musical exploration of the relationship between cities and the people who are affected by homelessness within them.

The festival will commission 9 new micro-operas – 3 in each city – to create short musical stories told through a fusion of animation, movement and live voices. Each new work will be co-created, composed and animated by a collection of extraordinary artists in collaboration with Streetwise Opera participants.

The micro-operas will be written and premiered in the three cities throughout Summer and Autumn 2022, before all nine micro-operas are united in live performances – resounding together – in London, Manchester and Nottingham in Spring 2023.

The festival seeks to invite audiences, Streetwise Opera participants and artists to be part of a year-long journey of new work creating a dialogue about homelessness and our cities and, in so doing, seeking to challenge perceptions of both homelessness and opera.

Choreographers brief

We are looking to work with three choreographers; one in each of the three cities in which we will be creating Re:sound: Manchester, Nottingham and London.

Streetwise Opera is unable to pay for travel expenses to attend workshops, rehearsals or performances. We therefore ask applicants to consider this when selecting the city they are applying to work within.

The selected choreographers will be working in a range of settings, including our arts partners and our homelessness partners (including hostels, day centres and refuges).

The selected choreographers will be available to work 20 sessions throughout April 2022 – March 2023 as follows:

Dates Sessions
April – July 7 sessions (dates TBC)
September – December 7 sessions (dates TBC)
January – March 6 sessions (dates TBC)

The exact dates will be scheduled according to the mutual availability of the partners and choreographer.

Creative brief

  • Choreographers will co-create work with Streetwise Opera participants.
  • Choreographers will work in response to newly composed micro-operas and accompanying films.
  • The primary stimuli will be the city in which the sessions take place (Nottingham, London or Manchester): what the city means to the individuals we are working with, how they think of themselves within it, what the character of the city is.
  • The choreographer will work in collaboration with other artists on the project, including the video artist, composers, the costume designer and Artistic Director.
  • The choreographers will contribute to the digital Re:sound festival by sharing the process of their work through interviews or blogs.

Eligibility

  • Streetwise Opera want to reimagine and redefine the boundaries of what opera can be to demonstrate that opera can be for anyone and everyone. We welcome submissions from artists who are excited to join us on this journey.
  • Choreographers must be 18 years or older.
  • They must be British citizens or residents in the UK for the duration of the project.
  • They will need to be available to travel to workshops and performances.
  • Choreographers should be able to demonstrate some experience in participatory work, as in some settings they will be the solo creative lead (though supported by a Streetwise Opera member of staff).
  • We welcome applications from a diverse background and those that have lived experience of homelessness.

Fee

The choreographer will receive a project fee of £2,500.00 which breaks down as follows:

Details Total
20 sessions (including planning and meetings) £2,500.00
Total £2,500.00

Streetwise Opera is unable to pay for local travel expenses to attend workshops, rehearsals or performances.

Timeline

Dates Details
March 2022 Interviews:

  • Monday 21 March in Nottingham
  • Wednesday 23 March in Manchester
  • Friday 25 March in London
April – July 2022 Workshops to create micro-operas with Streetwise Opera participants in each city
September – December 2022 Workshops to create micro-operas with Streetwise Opera participants in each city
March 2023 Performances in each city of all 9 micro-operas

Recruitment process

Applications are now closed.

We will hold interviews (either in person or on Zoom) on the following dates:

  • Monday 21 March in Nottingham
  • Wednesday 23 March in Manchester
  • Friday 25 March in London 
 

Streetwise Opera seeks applications from all ages and backgrounds, including groups who are underrepresented in the arts and homelessness sectors, especially those who are ethnically diverse and/or disabled. To find out more, read our Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy.

We particularly welcome applications from people who have been affected by homelessness. Those who can demonstrate that they meet the eligibility requirements, and have lived experience of homelessness, will be guaranteed an interview. Please ensure that you communicate this clearly in your application.

Details

Fee: £2,500.00
Including: 20 sessions (including planning and meetings)

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