CALL OUT : MULTITUD
Join a cross-continental collective, 9 years in the making. Along with 70 fellow local participants you’ll create the next iteration of this internationally acclaimed, movement-based performance work.
Multitud is a movement-based performance developed with the local community during RISING. People of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are invited to join the Multitud collective—a cross-continental group of performers, bound by 9 years of Multitud iterations in Uruguay, Brazil, Spain, USA, Belgium, and more.
You will work with Uruguayan choreographer Tamara Cubas and 70 fellow participants, over an 8-day workshop, split into two 4-day blocks. As a participant, Cubas will guide you to devise and discover Multitud’s sound, movement and energy in a supportive and collaborative process. Multitud’s movement and physicality will be tailored to the abilities of each performer. The rehearsals will culminate in two public performances at Melbourne Town Hall on 11 and 12 June.
Each iteration of Multitud is unique and reflective of the individuals that make up its mass, with participants able to choose how they engage with the process. It examines the power that lies within all humans; and our ability to affect and be affected by each other’s actions.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
Multitud is open to all adults who are interested, and we encourage individuals of any background, physicality and age to apply. No prior movement or performance experience is necessary.
Multitud is a community program and attending the workshops and performing is not a paid engagement, however all participants will receive a one-off $900 honorarium as well as lunches provided on workshop days and dinner on performance nights.
WHEN: June 1—12 (rest days on 5 and 6 June)
WHO: Anyone over 18 years of age
Multitud — SAT 11—SUN 12 JUNE
Seventy people, from different age groups and backgrounds, create a critical mass of collective action.
Q. Do I need to have a performance or movement background to participate?
A. No. The opportunity is open to all who are interested. We invite individuals who are interested in the concept of the project and in connecting to other community members. Individuals with little or no performance experience will be guided and supported through the process.
Q. Can someone under 18 participate?
A. Sorry! All participants need to be 18 or older.
Q. What is the Multitud schedule?
A. 1—4 June: 9AM—5PM 7—10 June: 9AM—5PM 11 and 12 June: 2PM—9PM
Q. Where will the workshops/rehearsals take place?
A. The majority of workshops/rehearsals will take place at Melbourne Town Hall, with a few rehearsals taking place at a separate venue close to the CBD. Venue information and transport options will be communicated via email.
Q. Where and when will the performances take place?
A. The performances will happen at Melbourne Town Hall at 7.30PM on 11 and 12 June.
Q. Can I invite people to the performance?
A. Yes, but make sure they purchase a ticket through the RISING website.
Q. What if I’m not available for one of the rehearsal days?
A. There’s some flexibility in the schedule, just make sure to list any clashes when filling out your application.
Q. What do I need to wear?
A. Wear loose, comfortable clothes you can move in. Think track pants and a t-shirt.
Q. What do I need to bring each day?
A. Make sure to bring your water bottle, a snack, and something to write with. If government regulations require it, remember to bring a mask. Lunch will be provided during the workshop period, and dinner on the days of the performance.
Q. What if I have dietary requirements or allergies?
A. Rising will still provide meals for you. When registrations open, please list any allergies or dietary requirements.
Q. What if I require other support or access?
A. Multitud is open to anyone who is interested in being a part of the work. When registrations open, please list any support or access needs you have.
Q. Do I need to wear a mask in the workshops?
A. Masks are not currently mandated by the Victorian Government, however if you would feel more comfortable keeping one on, that’s okay. If government regulations shift and masks become mandated indoors, we will need to wear them in studio.
Q. The promo image for Multitud has people taking their clothes off. Will I have to take my clothes off?
A. Only if you feel comfortable. We aim to create a space in which everyone feels safe to voice their boundaries. Please note that by engaging in the project, you may be around others who choose to undress.
Q. Do I need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate?
A. Yes, all participants will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or a government-approved vaccine exemption.
Q. What are your safety precautions around COVID-19?
A. We’re working with the Victorian Government and the Department of Health to deliver COVID-Safe events for everyone. We recommend the current health advice on getting vaccinated, maintaining physical distancing, regularly washing your hands and wearing a mask when required. You can get more information on everything we’re doing here. (insert hyperlink)
Q. What if I become a close-contact, or test positive to COVID-19?
A. If you become a close-contact or test positive to COVID-19, please follow all current government guidelines. Let us know of your situation as soon as you can, and don’t come to a performance or rehearsal during your isolation period.
Q. What if I need more information before making my decision?
A. RISING will host an Auslan-interpreted Zoom information session on the evening of Thursday 12 May, 6.30—7.30PM. Submit your details above and we’ll be in touch with more information.
Q. What if I have a question that wasn’t in this list? A. Feel free to get in touch with our team at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will get back to you and add your question to this list.
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