Open Calls


We are looking for a diverse range of independent Dancers and film makers across Scotland: dance artists in the areas of St Andrews, Aberdeen, Inverness, Wick and Lewis, and film makers in the areas of Aberdeen, Inverness, Wick and Lewis to take part in Elisabeth Schilling’s Invisible Dances: Art in and around Lockdown.

While in “lockdown”, dancer and choreographer Elisabeth Schilling searched for a way to promote participatory, yet safe, art to inspire and connect people all over the world who found themselves in mutual solitude. As such, “Invisible Dances – Art in and around Lockdown” was created to join artists and audiences without them necessarily meeting.

“Invisible Dances – Art in and around Lockdown” is a dance piece that invites the audience to experience art in a new and creative way. Appropriate to individual local social distancing regulations, it seeks its place in public space and transforms streets and squares into stages. The unannounced performance takes place at night, when people are asleep, to surprise, stimulate and guide them the next morning with its colourful traces left behind. This new piece combines dance and visual art in a poetic, playful and hopefully inspiring way for many people. The aim of this work is to bring dance and culture directly back to city centres.

Teams consist of a dancer, a ‘tracer’ tracing the dancer’s lines with environmentally friendly and degradable chalk spray, and a documenter or filmmaker, who documents the performance. Performances will take place across the summer, with a flexible schedule. We are looking for a total of 5 teams across Scotland with 2 dance artists and one film maker per location. This is a paid role in line with Scottish Artist Union rates. The time commitment is approximately 1 working day. For further audience engagement, we have developed a framing programme for our partner venues, including brief public workshops and would be looking for one of the dance artists to lead these workshops in some of the aforementioned locations, which would be reflected in the fee, so previous experience in leading workshops and working with the public is desired.

All expressions of interest should be sent with a CV and video footage of a performance or rehearsal to and until 22nd July 23:59 latest. We particularly encourage applications from dancers and film makers with diverse backgrounds, across all age ranges, those who identify as disabled, across gender identities and ethnicities. We will seek to make this process as accessible as possible according to our applicants’ needs.

Please contact Producer Jana Robert or Elisabeth Schilling with any questions you may have.

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