From January 29th March 1st we have recieved 398 applications from candidates interested to work with ZPA Dance Company. Except from Croatia, applications came from different parts of Europe and the world, the largest number being from Italy and Spain, and a bit less from United Kingdom, Austria and Slovenia.
Although pleasantly surprised with the number of received applications, containing CV`s, video footage and motivational letters, this great amount suggests lack of opportunities of permanent engagements for dancers in Europe.
In their motivational letters, a lot of dancers highlighted the need to work within a collective in which choreographers and styles change and alternate, which is certainly a good description of our dance company. As there is a tendency of decreasing the number of larger dance companies in Europe, and an increasing number of authors decide (or maybe are forced) to work independently that often means limiting the number of dancers due to practical and financial conditions, a large number of young dancers remain denied for the work experience in this kind of company.
ZPA company, as one of only two professional dance companies in Croatia, having organized this audition, aims to open horizons towards a broader dance community, encourage artist mobility and visibility on the international level, according to its artistic needs.
We chose 20 artists from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Italy, France, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands to join us at the audition weekend on March 23rd&24th. We are looking forward to meet new dancers and to choose some of them to complete the ZPA dance company for this and upcoming season.