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Monday 16th March in South Norwood, London SE25 6AB.  

12:00pm - 3:30pm OR 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Audition includes 75 min Workshop plus a 15 min solo audition, presenting 2 solo pieces (approx 3min each) and a conversation.



6-7 April (9:30am – 6pm) – Devising – London. NW1 7AY

22-23 June (9:30am – 6pm) – Rehearsals – London. NW1 7AY

24-27 June - Performances - Warwick, London, Bristol, Exeter, Sidmouth (Devon).

6 August - Performance - Sidmouth (Devon).



£1,425 (plus per diems for performance days). Accommodation and Travel will be covered for performance days.



Travelling with Thomas is a new folk opera / musical exploring a traditional legend, Thomas The Rhymer. The creative team is Laurel Swift, a professional folk musician & dancer, and theatre designer Lizzie Watts. Travelling with Thomas lets audiences see behind the scenes, showcasing in-progress work, with responses feeding back into the creative process.  The project is entering its second year, focusing on how the characters and landscapes in the story feel, interact and change.  The opinions, ideas and input of the collaborating artists are a vital part of shaping the work’s direction and outlook. We will be looking for choreographers to join the creative team beyond this R&D.


The 3 choreographer-dancers will work alongside 3 musicians (oboe /violin / guitar / voice) to develop a vocabulary that articulates and defines 3 different worlds encountered in the legend. Starting points include traditional dance props, song lyrics, folk text, folk steps, & a (very cool!) prototype set-piece. The devising process will enable interaction between different styles of dance; and explore whether each dancer can follow their own specific rhythm & melodic line, while the different lines interlock to work as one.


The choice of Thomas the Rhymer is down to it's universal themes of love, fairness, truth and time.  Traditional fairy stories depict desperate times, but they also champion creativity and resourcefulness in overcoming seemingly impossible situations. They explore and celebrate otherness, and have humour, realism and hope in their alluring dreams of unbridled relief from powerlessness and isolation. Stories like this survive through the centuries because they remain perpetually and powerfully contemporary.

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Dancer - Choreographers Needed For New Folk Musical R&D + Peformances


We are looking for professional dancer-choreographers, who are:


• Contemporary dancers ideally with a background in another dance style, such as street dance, swing, cultural /traditional style, percussive dance (tap, etc.), or another movement form e.g. martial arts, capoeria, acro, gymnastics.  

• Confident in devising and independently creating material guided by a variety of stimuli (text, objects, concepts).

• Can both direct others and be directed.

• Happy with collaborative working.

• Comfortable performing solo and in small groups.

• Experienced professionals.

• All genders and ethnicites welcome, especially BAME artists.


Complete our online form:   ONLINE APPLICATION

Or email your CV plus a link to current footage of yourself dancing / your work - e.g. a showreel or 2 pieces lasting approx 5mins to [travellingwiththomas at gmail dot com].


CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 11th March 2020