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MALE DANCER FOR LAS VEGAS (article first published : 2006-03-13)

The internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil is seeking a male dancer for their production called Zumanity in Las Vegas. Specially created for adult audiences, Zumanity explores love, sensuality and eroticism in all forms and from all perspectives. It is ultimately a tale of humanity, emotion, beauty and diversity. The production at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Vegas is a provocative exhibition of art, performance, human sensuality and desire: an intense visit to a world where human inhibitions are unveiled, where style and intense passion share an uncommon stage.

The role requirements are for a male dancer aged between 25 and 40 who will embody a Scandinavian God. His height needs to be between 5 feet 11 and 6 feet 2 (1m80 to 1m87) with a tall, athletic and svelte physique. He needs to be a soloist with solid ballet training; strong skills in contemporary or modern dance; and of a professional-calibre with good stage experience and strong background in pas de deux. The artist will be performing a sensual pas de deux with another male dancer.

Dancers who fit the criteria are invited to send their complete file, including a résumé (with weight, height, date of birth, complete contact information, year and place of training, and year and location of professional experience) with one or more photos as well as a video showing several acts or dances during shows or in rehearsal (ideally three or four pieces of varied styles and rhythms). Please send clear images where you can be easily identified. A short presentation to the camera would be appreciated. Also included should be your availability for 2006 and 2007.

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has grown to become a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment, with over 3,000 employees from over 40 different countries, including 800 artists. Since its inception in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 50 million spectators over 100 cities on four continents. In 2005, Cirque du Soleil presented 11 shows simultaneously throughout the world.

Further details about the show at www.zumanity.com and for more info about Cirque du Soleil, consult www.casting.cirquedusoleil.com where the complete submission instructions are available. More information from Cirque du Soleil in Montreal on 091 (514) 723 7646 or email Lydie on lydie.lavigne@cirquedusoleil.com

Auditions are by invitation only and the deadline for submissions is immediate. The length of the dancer's contract would be one year minimum.




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