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Auditions for Le Super Grand Continental

Choreography by Sylvain Émard


140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
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Wed, June 6 from 6-8pm
Thu, June 7 from 6-8pm
Fri, June 8 from 6-8pm
Sat, June 9 from 11am-1pm
Sat, June 9 from 2-4pm
Sat, June 9 from 5-7pm

In 2012, the annual Fringe Festival was kicked off with a large scale performance unlike anything Philadelphia had seen before. One hundred and fifty residents of all ages and dance backgrounds assembled at the foot of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps, donned in the outfits of their choice, twirling into a rhythmic human kaleidoscope. Le Grand Continental® was a joyous and intoxicating dance spectacle, one that united people from across Philadelphia’s diverse communities and was praised by The Inquirer as “fantastic, a festive opening ceremony” for the Festival.

Celebrated for the elegance and finesse of his choreography, Montreal’s Sylvain Émard is the mastermind behind this acclaimed work. Since its first hometown production in 2009 it has travelled across the globe, gathering together hundreds of dance enthusiasts to perform its sensational choreography, combining festive line dancing with the fluidity and expressiveness of contemporary dance.

This year, the Fringe Festival will be ushered in once again with Émard’s unifying work, but with one key difference. As the title Le Super Grand Continental suggests, this time around Émard and his team are doing it bigger and are looking to gather 200 dancers to realize this remarkable performance. We hope that you’ll be one of them.

What is it like to dance in Le Super Grand Continental? Read about from the perspective from a dancer from Le Super Méga Continental presented in Montreal in 2017.

No prior experience is necessary to be a part of Le Super Grand Continental, just enthusiasm and a love of dance. A good sense of rhythm and coordination is recommended. Auditions will take place in the FringeArts theater June 6-8 from 6-8pm and on June 9 from 11am-1pm, 2-4pm, and 5-7pm. Auditions last the full two hours during which time you’ll be led through some of the piece’s choreography by members of the production team. Dress comfortably and bring some water.

All prospective dancers are eligible for a $3 draft at La Peg with their audition number!

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The first phase of rehearsals takes place two nights a week, June 25 through July 3. During these weeks there will be a Monday/Wednesday rehearsal group and a Tuesday/Thursday group. Sylvain will determine each groups’ composition. From July 10 until the premiere on September 8 the entire cast will come together every Tuesday and Thursday each week to rehearse. It is important that you commit to the entire rehearsal process. Your attendance at each rehearsal is compulsory. A $100 travel stipend will be provided to each participant.

Two first weeks of rehearsal : Monday, June 25 through Tuesday, July 3
Group A: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7 – 9pm
Group B: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 – 9pm
Entire cast rehearsals : Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10 – September 6, from 7 – 9pm
Dress rehearsal : Friday, September 7 from 6 – 9pm
Performances : Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9 (3 in all)

Questions? Email LSGCauditions@fringearts.com

Featured Photo: JJ Tiziou