Stumble danceCircus

Musician wanted for processional performance project Parade of Horribles

Opportunity – Musician for outdoor circus performance project

Deadline – July 19th 2021

Timescale – 6 weeks between Sept 2021 and March 2022 with more dates to follow

Location – Online, Bristol and Stockton-on-Tees

Fee – £550/week plus Per Diems

Stumble/Mish Weaver and Artsadmin are looking for a musician/performer for an ambitious outdoor engagement and performance project Parade of Horribles.  At this stage there is 6 weeks work involving engagement activities, devising and producing sound scores or musical accompaniment for street performance, and performing outdoors in character.  The role demands a deep investment into working with varied community groups and working towards better understanding of Climate Change Psychology and developing Empathy.

We particularly encourage people of colour or from minority ethnic backgrounds to apply.  We are very keen to hear from performers from disadvantaged backgrounds, performers with disabilities or impairments, to ensure a variety of voices and perspectives in our creative team.

You do not need to prove any Green credentials but it is imperative that you are fully invested in making performance that communicates about Climate Change, that seeks to understand Climate Psychology and the needs of others.  The project’s aim is to appreciate varied lived experiences and share new forms of empathy on the assumption that without empathy we are not going to be able to make the change necessary.  The Creative Team will be involved in difficult conversations, challenging scenarios and will need to be brave, resourceful and brilliant listeners.  It is envisaged that the project will be a steep learning curve for everyone involved.

At this stage we have development time of 6 weeks mostly to be carried out in Bristol (Sept/Oct 2021) and Stockton-On-Tees (Oct 2021 and March 2022).  This first stage will build towards a touring model that will take the whole team to new locations and build as it progresses, and as Covid allows us to be more ambitious with our engagement of audiences.  This stage represents a probation period towards building a team for the future.

The project is funded by Unlimited and Artsadmin, produced by Artsadmin and partners with Circus City Festival in Bristol and Arc, Stockton-on-Tees.

The musician will be a vital part of the engagement work – running activities with community groups in liaison with our Engagement Organiser and the Artistic Director.  The right person will have a strong appreciation of world music, of different forms and traditions of music, and be able to communicate around different musical styles and sensibilities.  The right person will be able to collaborate with members of the community, with the circus and physical performers and interact confidently and sensitively with audiences at street level.  They will be able to write music for short pieces of performance to be played live or recorded.  They will be able to interact with singing voices and be open to working with words and song, and the voices of the performers, with film and physicality.  Mostly they will be open and adaptable, respectful of others irrespective of age or social situation, and happy to adapt their musical output towards the needs of the performance and the aims of the Director.

Please apply with a letter or video of introduction (responding to project brief and showing your skills), links to previous work or showreel and details of a referee who we can contact if you are shortlisted.  The deadline is July 19th 2021 but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  We will follow up with either zoom conversations or in person auditions with shortlisted applicants and hope to engage the right person by Aug 13th.

Email Paige Ofosu-Asaa at paige@artsadmin.co.uk to apply.

More information about Unlimited Commissions can be found at Mish Weaver — Parade of Horribles – Unlimited (weareunlimited.org.uk)  and Stumble’s old (and out of date) site is at http://www.stumbledancecircus.com/

Examples of Stumble’s work can be found on Mish Weaver’s You Tube channel 

Any questions please email Paige or Mish Weaver at weavermish@outlook.com

Please feel free to apply in a way that best suits your style of communication.

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