Artist Rashaad Newsome looking to cast ‘self-identifying’ black women for upcoming performance

f you’ve been looking for an opportunity shine, this just might be it.

New York-based Artist Rashaad Newsome is seeking “charismatic and energetic, self-identifying black females between the ages of 18-35” to take part in his ongoing performance project “Shade Compositions.” The performance will be part of Dlectricity, Detroit’s light and technology-based art festival, which will returns to Midtown September 22-23.

Newsome assumes the role of conductor and vocal choreographer and will leading the ensemble of female performers, whose individual voices and gestures will be combined and synthesized forming improvisatory orchestral music.

The casting call reads:

“The artist transforms isolated, culturally-specific gestures and patterns of speech into music, a universal language and form of expression. The set of polyrhythmic, serial compositions arranged by Newsome reveals an expressive power that leaves these coded gestures open to interpretation, rather than fixed to the associations from which they were removed.”


The casting call notes that the project is paid and will also provide opportunities to work with other talented, creative people.

You don’t need to prepare anything for the auditions, and they will take place on a first-come, first-serve basis 3-5 p.m. on June 5, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 6-8 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on June 9 at the Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

For more information, contact or read the full casting call here.

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