*** AUDITION OPPORTUNITY ***
This year, Cambridge University Ballet Club is putting on Scheherazade at the ADC, and we are inviting people from all dance/theatre/movement arts backgrounds to audition.
The story of Scheherazade is a frame story used as a device to present a collection of folk tales with origins in ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Greek, Jewish and Turkish folklore and literature, known collectively as ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ or ‘Arabian Nights’. Unlike most ballets, the narrative of Scheherazade is driven by female characters and their desires and choices. Its empowering story of a woman risking her life to liberate others from oppression will resonate with modern audiences, with particularly potency in the current political climate, serving as a reminder of the humanity, struggles, and dreams shared between diverse cultures.
We will be casting for all roles based on ability to embody and express the character, movement quality, and ability to learn choreography. A background in classical ballet is not strictly necessary for most roles, and also for most roles gender-neutral casting will be considered. We are especially encouraging anyone who connects or identifies personally with the folktales inspiring this tale (and the cultures from which they come) to audition.