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Anna Newell Theatre Adventures – I Like To Move It Move It


Versatile, playful professionally trained dancers required for a brand new innovative project working with the tiniest audience members. 

This initial week of R&D for I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and delivered in partnership with The Civic, Tallaght who will host this week of development.

Please send in a 1-page expression of interest, CV (no more than 3 pages) and links to/ examples of previous work.
Email to:  Anna – contact@annanewell.co.uk by 27 August 2020.
Any questions, please contact Anna.

Anna Newell is an Irish-based theatre director who creates performances for babies, Early Years and children with complex needs.  She invented the world’s first BabyDay, created the first homegrown Irish work for children with complex needs and helped start babytheatre in South Africa. Her work has been seen on 6 continents and off-Broadway.   www.annanewell.co.uk

I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT is a week’s R&D on Ireland’s first dance show for audiences of babies.  Collaborating with Anna on this show are composer David Goodall, choreographer Hayley Earlam (Scottish Sunday Herald Award winner for Best Dance Performer) and video artist Conan McIvor.  David, Anna & Hayley are all part of the team for FOUR GO WILD IN WELLIES, a dance piece for audiences aged 3-5 years created for Indepen_Dance4 which has been touring internationally for the past 3 years to locations including Tokyo, Colombia, Bangkok, and was booked to play off-Broadway in March 2020 before Covid-19 shut everything down.

What are the dates and the deal?

R&D week – Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st October 2020 based at The Civic, Tallaght

Fee €650 (travel and accommodation expenses available for performers outside of commuting distance from Dublin).  Unfortunately, we are not able to pay travel expenses for audition attendance.  Please indicate on your application whether you would require travel and accommodation if selected for this project.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for professionally trained dancers who are up for working in a curious, playful, responsive way with an unpredictable and wonderful audience.  The usual delineation between audience and performer won’t exist and so anything could happen – so we’re looking for people who are up for this delightful challenge! Previous experience of working with children and especially babies is a bonus, but not essential.

When are the auditions?

The auditions are group auditions Tuesday 8th September (morning & afternoon) and Wednesday 9th September (morning) at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght.  If invited to audition, you will be offered a half-day slot on one of these two days to attend a group audition.  If you have a preference for one of the sessions, please let us know.

What is the audition process?

This is all about responsiveness and collaborating, so we’re doing a group audition process.  There’s no need to prepare anything. We’ll also play some theatre games.  All at the appropriate distance dictated by current circumstances.

Prior to the auditions, the Civic will send you out a copy of their Covid-19 protocols and a self-certification form that you will be asked to sign on arrival confirming that you are not displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, are not waiting for a test, are not currently quarantining due to contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive.  We will be asking people to wear masks throughout the audition process in order to keep everyone as safe as possible and will be aware of that in terms of the level of exertion that will be required.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Anna Newell if you have any questions.



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Tonic Theatre Award winner 2017 for ‘women who are changing the face of theatre and the performing arts’

Finalist, Ellen Stewart International Award 2016 for ’theatre makers whose work with/for young people has a major social impact’

delighted to be funded by Arts Council Ireland