Audition for Fall Season at Joy of Motion Sat June 4th

May 26th, 2011

Bettmann Dances Audition for Fall Season
June 4th from 11:30-1:30
Joy of Motion Friendship Heights
5207 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest

Paid Contract, August Rehearsals, Fall Performance including premiere Sept 3.

Rehearsal commitment is 15-20 hours week (paid, nights and weekends) for the month of August. Dancers must be comfortable performing in theaters under lights, and on concrete out in the daylight. Two performances in the fall are adapted ‘site-specific performances’ of sections of the evening length work.

To be premiered around the 10-year anniversary of September 11th, the new Bettmann Dances Production Quis Custodiet explores how we – as individuals and communities – define and pursue security. Quis choreographer Robert Bettmann was drawn to this topic by both the horrors of 9/11 and the financial crisis. Stating his belief that “There is a disconnect between how we pursue national and personal security,” Bettmann wonders, “Where are we putting effort into the security system? Do beauty, family, fear and power influence how we define threats?” For the production, an award-winning artistic team will aid Bettmann, including video designers Tim Tate and Chanan Delivuk, costume designer Ginger Carlin, and poster designer Johanna Meuller.

Founded in 2009, Bettmann Dances is a project of Day Eight, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Bettmann Dances first evening length dance theater work – All Good Men – premiered as an official selection of the Capital Fringe Festival in July 2009. The Examiner described the work as “a Jewel”, and “an example of artistic craftsmanship.” Artistic director and founder Robert Bettmann began his dance training at Oberlin College and has since trained on scholarship at the Alvin Ailey School, and the School of the Washington Ballet, and received his MA on Fellowship at American University. The choreography of the two-time recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Young Emerging Artist grant is lyrical, theatrical, and line-based.

For additional information concerning Bettmann Dances and Quis Custodiet please visit or email

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