Khecari Intensive + Audition 2019

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please email to reserve a spot and ask questions 


Khecari artistic directors Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer are looking for dancers with an interest in our work. This audition will be structured as a free workshop; we will not be making cuts during the workshop.

While we are always seeking dancers for future projects, we do not anticipate making any decisions immediately following this audition. Any dancers eventually hired for projects would be paid; we have a philosophy of equal pay for everyone and currently offer $15/hour. If you have been to a previous audition, or you know that we are familiar with your work, or you have danced for us in the past, we still encourage you to come as a way of expressing interest in working with Khecari. Dancers are also welcome to come to the audition simply as a free workshop.

We have a somatically grounded approach to dance, a strong interest in improvisation, a penchant for highly kinetic movement and intricate partnering work and an practice of project based investigation and research. Because of the nature of our work, we want to work with dancers who love to roll up their sleeves – whether that means working hard as a dancer in the studio or being game to mop the floor of a dusty old warehouse as part of rehearsal duties. We ask a wide range from pedestrian or simple movement that may feel easy as a technician but is integral to the work, to execution of dance material that is explosive, athletic, and technically challenging. We are excited to work with artists who are interested in the audience’s larger experience, not just the movement phrases. Our ideal collaborators are enthusiastic, selfless, self-aware, and self caring, good communicators and supportive of fellow collaborators. We love to work with people who are continually motivated to fine-tuning, digging deeper, finding solutions, and working independently while simultaneously taking direction eagerly.


Although it is not required, we strongly encourage you to attend our movement intensive at Indian Boundary Cultural Center or one or more of our dance classes at Lou Conte leading up to the audition. These will help us introduce you to some movement themes we will focus on in the audition and give us a chance to interact with you more:


2-Day Movement Intensive at Indian Boundary Cultural Center
with Khecari
June 15th & 16th

This intensive is geared towards participants who self identify as advanced movement professionals. Email to register for the workshop or ask questions. Subsidized tuitions are available on a first-come, first served basis. There are 12 spaces available.
3 full price tuition spots ($180)
3 three-quarter price tuition spots ($135)
3 half price tuition spots ($90)
3 quarter price tuition spots ($45)

10:00am - 1:00pm    Qualities of Touch (Marginalia, Allogrooming, as though)
2:30pm - 4:00pm    Duet Techniques (Marginalia)
4:15 - 5:30pm        Solo Phrasework (The Retreat)

10:00am - 1:00pm    Qualities of Touch (Marginalia, Allogrooming, as though)
2:30pm - 4:00pm    Duet Techniques (Marginalia)
4:15 - 5:30pm        Solo Phrasework (The Retreat)

The Khecari Movement Intensive is a two day immersion into investigations from our work in current projects Marginalia, Allogrooming and as though and some revisitations of phrasework from our recently completed project The Retreat. This weekend of movement techniques, somatics practice and improvisation will act as a more in depth introduction to material presented in our audition on Monday June 17th and will also provide a chance to interact more intimately with the material and the choreographers, dancers and musicians involved in creating it. Participants should commit for the full intensive as the classwork will progress through the weekend.

Qualities of Touch uses somatic tools including Body-Mind Centering’s work with fluids, tissues, and body systems to explore a range of touch qualities ranging a spectrum from intimate and tender to fierce and intense. We will engage a range of processes including sword fighting, body drawing and writing, caressing, and improvisation, with a commitment toward developing tools for the dance artist and toward consent and safe space.

Duet Techniques is a class founded on Khecari’s newest work Marginalia featuring Kara Brody and Amanda Maraist. This class will prepare the body for diving into duet material from this work with a strong focus on rowdy partnering and intuitive techniques.

Solo Phrasework uses a technique class structure moving from simple warm-up exercises through the phrasework of Khecari’s last work The Retreat.

Running Time
3 hours


Revere Auditorium

2509 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60618