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We are looking for two sets of parent/child performers (child aged 4-6) for a recasting of Touch



Auditions to take place:


Where: Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter’s Buildings, St Peter’s Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH, UK


When: Saturday 23rd November 2019 (exact times TBC)


Deadline for applications: Friday 8th November


Four Hands is a dance company based between West Yorkshire and Brighton, that primarily provides performance and participatory work for families with young children. Our first performance piece, Touch, was premiered in March and reworked for South East Dance’s Our City Dances Festival in June. With a cast of professional performers, their children and a community cast of local families, Touch explores the themes of connection, intimacy and physical play between parents and their children. 


With project support from Yorkshire Dance, supported by Leeds Dance Partnership, artistic directors, Nick Lawson and George Fellows, will be recasting and reworking the show, for Yorkshire Dance’s Encounters Festival on 29th Feb/1st Mar 2020.


For this project we are looking for two adult performers from any artistic background with a focus on movement and physicality (ie. dance, physical theatre, mime, puppetry, circus) to take part in the research & development (R&D), rehearsals and performances of Touch. All applicants must be parent/carers of a child aged 4 to 6 years-old, who they will be working and performing with during the course of the project. We are looking for talented physical performers, who are also open to/confident in working with voice and text. Their children don’t need any movement or performance experience, but will need to be interested in/ happy performing in front of an audience. 


Project dates:

All rehearsals will be held at Yorkshire Dance or other studios in or close to Leeds.

Research & Development (R&D): 30th Nov, 1st & 2nd Dec 2019 (Full days – children not required on 2nd Dec)

Rehearsals: 19th & 26th Jan, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd Feb 2020 (Mostly half-days with some full days)

Performance(s): 1st Mar & 7th Mar (Half days)

We recognise that scheduling for parents can be tricky and we encourage you to apply, even if you are not available for all of the R&D/rehearsal dates and we can try our best to be flexible around your needs.



Full days: £150 

Half days: £100 

Performance/ half days: £150 

There is a budget to cover local travel. 


To apply to join us for the audition, please send an expression of interest, your CV and any footage you have of you performing (although this is not essential) to with Touch audition as the title before Friday 8th November. In the expression of interest, please state the name and age of your child, and your availability for the project dates. 


All applicants will be informed if they are successful or not by Monday 11th November. If successful, adults and children will be required to attend the audition on 23rd November. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the email address above.