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Call for Actors

Faust Shop Performance Installation: Actors on a New Stage

Created by Dr Annja Neumann, Space Popular, and Alex Mentzel

About

Faust Stop will be performed in Easter Term in the Sook Space, The Grafton Centre, a site-specific environment surrounded and augmented by LED screens, on 16 and 17 June 2022

Auditions are now open for this dramatic experiment and performance as research project inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous Faust. Our project explores Faust’s New Lands in augmented space and the Faustian pacts we make in our daily engagement with digital technologies.

Sign up for auditions: https://www.faust-shop.org

This is your chance to participate in a cutting-edge multimedia production that explores Faust’s pact with the Devil, our digital souls and the digital theatres of the Metaverse, and the new lands of augmented space as they are inhabited by new kinds of actors, artificial humans, and avatars. Sign up for auditions until the end-of-day 10 March 2022.

We are looking for student performers and a production team to join our immersive theatrical experience in the technologically-augmented space at Sook Cambridge, and funded by Cambridge Digital Humanities. Together we will explore what it might mean to become actors on a new (digital) stage, a stage that destabilises fixed notions of space and the body, transforms our interactions with each other, and creates a digital twin of our data-souls. This is an exciting opportunity to gain first-hand experience of our external partners’ professional creative work, such as London-based virtual architects Space Popular, who are designing our interactive digital scenography, and our tech partner, Sook. At this time, we will not be able to reimburse travel or accommodation expenses and are looking for Cambridge based students.

If you have any questions, please visit our website or contact Alex Mentzel (aam86@cam.ac.uk).

How To Audition and Key Dates

We will be hosting auditions on Friday 11 March and Monday, 14 March from 3pm-5pm

To sign up for an audition slot, please follow this link: https://doodle.com/poll/7b7nzhhktxgushzi?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

If you would like to audition via self-tape, please email me directly at aam86@cam.ac.uk to request an audition package. We will be accepting tapes until end-of-day 14 March.

Preparation

We will send you extracts to learn several days before your audition.

Previous experience in text-based performance, in improvisation, or in movement work is welcome but NOT required.

Performance Dates

· 16 June 2022, 15:00-20:00 (2 performances and installations, general public), Sook Space, The Grafton Cambridge, UK

· 17 June 2022, 13:00-15:00 and 18:00-20.00 (2 performances and installations, general public), Sook Space, The Grafton Cambridge

Additional Dates

· End of April: An initial, collaborative discovery workshop on Faust’s metaverse and performance in augmented space for all actors and members of the production team.

· Primary Rehearsal Period: May and June, specific dates tbc