BalletMet Columbus’ 2011-2012 season opens in September with BalletMet OnDemand, a performance of past favorites decided through an online vote of fans, along with favorites suggested by the BalletMet company dancers and artistic director Gerard Charles.
Other planned productions include Jazz Moves Columbus, a world premiere starring BalletMet and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, will commemorate the city’s 200 years of history and heritage, Amedeo Amodio’s Carmen, BalletMet’s The Nutcracker, co-conceived by Charles and Robert Post; and a new production of The Sleeping Beauty.
The season concludes with DanceTech, two integrated, multi-media theatrical experiences created from contemporary dance and cutting-edge technology. In the first, choreographer Jimmy Orrante and video game composer Sean Beeson, along with technical support from OSU’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, will create an interactive environment that is influenced by the choreography and the audience. Also, internationally recognized software artist Frieder Weiss will join contemporary choreographer Amy Seiwert to produce a piece where real-time video images are created in direct response to the movement of the dancers.
Subscriptions start at $88 and offer easy ticket exchange, guaranteed seats, discounts, and more. A payment plan is available. Single tickets on sale August 15. Also available is the $20 MetPass for ages 22-35, which offers up to 50 percent off tickets. Contact BalletMet at 614.229.4848 or www.balletmet.org.
BalletMet Columbus has announced audition dates for male and female dancers in New York and Columbus, Ohio, for its professional company for the 2011-12 season.
The company offers a 36-week AGMA contract with year-round benefits. Trainee positions are also available. BalletMet annually presents more than 60 performances at home and on tour through five different repertoire programs and its production of The Nutcracker.
“BalletMet’s diverse repertoire requires that dancers have a strong classical technique coupled with a good aptitude for contemporary movement,” says artistic director Gerard Charles. “Interested dancers must demonstrate the strength to be a soloist and also the willingness to fully participate in corps de ballet work.”
Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet, an innovative regional company, has added more than 150 company premieres to its repertoire and produced more than 120 world premieres.
Audition dates and times:
- February 27, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., New York City Center Studios, 130 West 56th Street, New York; doors open at noon.
- March 6, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., BalletMet Dance Centre, 322 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio; doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Men 5-foot-8-inches tall and above and women up to 5-foot-7-inches tall are asked to bring a resume and a dance photo. Women should wear pointe shoes. Auditions will consist of a short barre (be warmed up to begin), center work, repertoire, and partnering. For more information, contact Rebecca Rodriguez-Hodory at 614.586.8623 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates on audition schedules, visit www.balletmet.org.