Stanford Live to host open casting call for Bolero Silicon Valley dance production

“Bolero Santa Barbara” (Photo credit: David Bazemore)

Want to be on stage? Stanford Live is seeking students, faculty and staff to take part in New York dance ensemble Keigwin + Company’s presentation of Bolero Silicon Valley April 2 and 3 at Bing Concert Hall. The participants will join a cast of other untrained local “civilians” in a performance that will be specially created to celebrate the Silicon Valley community.

All ages are welcome and no dance or performance experience is required. A casting call will be held at Bing Concert Hall on Jan. 30. To sign up, visit the Stanford Live website.

Inspired by MAURICE RAVEL’s iconic score, Bolero Silicon Valley is the brainchild of the inventive choreographer LARRY KEIGWIN, who scored a major hit in 2007 when his company, joined by 46 Manhattan civilians, premiered Bolero NYC. Since then, he has reinvented the piece to reflect the lives of residents in different settings. Adapting now it for Stanford’s singular environs and collaborating with 50 to 60 local performers, Keigwin’s jubilant work will unfold throughout the Bing in a large-scale celebration.

For RYAN DAVIS, Stanford Live’s associate director of engagement and public programs, who is working with the ensemble on the recruitment process, “This is a chance for students, faculty and staff – who maybe have never in their lives been onstage before – to get up in front of an audience, express what is so special about life our campus and have a blast doing it.”

Through a collaborative process, the dancers in Keigwin + Company will ask questions and present challenges that inspire participants to explore their creativity through movement. Together, participants will create a 10-minute group performance that captures the essence of life in Silicon Valley and at Stanford.

All cast members are asked to commit approximately 5 to 10 hours per week for two weeks of brainstorming and rehearsing in March. Rehearsals will take place weekdays at Bing Concert Hall from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting March 21.

For more information and to see videos of previous Bolero performances, visit Stanford Live online.