En masse North Dakota | Call for 50+ Performers

Where: North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum
612 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505
Performance Dates: June 8 and 9, 2019 | 2:00 pm

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En masse North Dakota
 is a movement-based community art performance piece that will premiere June 8 and 9, 2019 at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck, ND. Directed by choreographer and Bismarck, ND native, Vanessa Voskuil, this piece brings together 50+ performers in a work that celebrates the sharing of our stories and the love of North Dakota community. Participants will be generating movement from stories that bring them joy.

Who can participate?
The veteran and first-time performer are welcome. Participants are 15+ and do not need to have any formal arts background to participate. NEW Ages 10-14 years-old can participate with an accompanying adult.

About Workshops/Rehearsals
Participants will engage in a movement-based creative process. Rehearsals will be conducted in a workshop format providing tools/training for performing the work, generating choreography, and offering opportunities for dynamic participation in the creation of individualized movements.

What is the time commitment?
There will be a total of six rehearsals scheduled once a week on Saturdays from 1-3pm. There will be an all-cast dress rehearsal held on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 1-5pm.

Rehearsal and Performance Dates:
Sat, April 27, 1-3pm
Sat., May 4, 1-3pm
Sat., May 11, 1-3pm
Sat., May 18, 1-3pm
Sat., May 25, 1-3pm
Sat., June 1, 1-3pm
Sun., June 2, 1-5pm (all-cast dress rehearsal)
Sat., June 8, 11am (pre-performance run through) 2pm (performance)
Sun., June 9, 2pm performance (cast call at 12pm)

All rehearsals will be held at the North Dakota Heritage Center (612 E Boulevard Ave., Bismarck) in the Russell Reid Auditorium with the exception of May 4, which will be in a nearby classroom and May 18, which will be held at the Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalists Fellowship and Church (818 E. Divide Avenue, Bismarck). .

How do I sign up to participate? 
Wonderful! Welcome! Fill out the online form below and/or send me an email to participate at vanessa@vanessavoskuil.com..

Vanessa Voskuil at vanessa@vanessavoskuil.com.

About Vanessa Voskuil
Vanessa Voskuil is a Minneapolis-based dance maker, director, performer, designer, community organizer, teaching artist, and creator of dances, interdisciplinary performances and films. She has created more than 30 contemporary performance works ranging from large community-inclusive performance projects to ensemble and solo works for site-specific locations and theater settings. Voskuil’s work often explores physical, emotional, and psychological space, creating impressionistic textures of human experience that respond to the cultural environment and humanities emotional spectrum. Her work has been described as “visually arresting,” “a unique brand of wit and dramatic heft,” and “interlaced with surrealist sensibility and bracing intelligence.” Voskuil has received two Minnesota Sage Dance Awards for Outstanding Design and nominated twice for Outstanding Performance. She has been honored twice with a McKnight Fellowship for Choreography (2009, 2015) and awarded “Best Dancer 2015” by City Pages in addition to her cast for “en masse” in 2009. She has been honored by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine as "Best of the Year 2015." Voskuil has been named one of the “7 Artists to Watch” by Minnesota Monthly Magazine and recognized by the Star Tribune as one of “9 Minnesota Artists to Expect Great Things.” Most recently, she was awarded a 3-month artist residency and travel fellowship to Japan (2017) provided through the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Yes, I would like to participate in En masse for North Dakota.

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