We are currently seeking performers for our fourth Heartstoppers performance evening on Sunday the 16th of September. Whether you're a stage-virgin or experienced honey, we accept applications from anybody wanting to showcase a new performance. Heartstoppers is a great opportunity to gain performance experience on a public stage without the pressure of competition. We will be choosing a variety of performers, so don't be afraid to submit if you're only a beginner.
We are looking for a video that showcases your personal style and personality on stage. The following tips are not essential, but will help the success of your entry:
1. Professional Costuming, Hair & Makeup.
2. Fluidity between movements.
3. Strong execution of tricks (we aren't looking for advanced tricks, just a clean execution of whatever trick you choose to perform).
4. Pointed toes and beautiful lines.
6. Please read the "Themes & Content" section as we do not accept any applicants that have breeched any of these guidelines in their application video.
7. Video must be sent through Youtube, Vimeo or Dropbox only.
The Leadbelly Stage (pictured above) is 4.3m by 4.3m and has a runway (approximately 2m long and 1m wide) that will project into the audience.
The Pole (38mm Brass x-stage approx. 2m high) will be located centre stage. Pole performers will have use of the main stage area and runway which they must use.
The Lyra (95cm diameter) will be rigged at approximately 2m high at the end of the platform. There is approx. 50cm of rope above the Lyra. Lyra performers will only be permitted to use the platform (the curtains will be closed).
Burlesque performers are to make use of both stage and runway for their performance. Please note that the main stage area is carpeted.
We are open to having a second Aerial Apparatus rigged (such as Aerial Silks or Trapeze). Please submit an application if you wish to perform something other than what we have provided.
Any glitter or confetti, water or messy items are BANNED! Please email us if you have an idea and we can try to accommodate
Heartstoppers is a production that's inclusive of the LGBTQI+ community, people of colour and other minority groups. We are very strict with ensuring that performances do not exclude individuals so we have put restrictions in place in terms of act concepts, costuming, dance movements and music.
We do not allow cultural appropriation, homophobia or the sexualisation of any culture, job or religion. *
Here is a link and another link that explain what this is (and what is and isn't acceptable).
Some common concepts that are banned: Naughty Nurse, Naughty Nun, Naughty Police, Naughty Fireman , Naughty , School Student / Teacher, Sexy Devil / Angel.
* If you are a person of colour who has lighter skin or is commonly misconceived as white, you are obviously allowed to showcase your culture. Please ensure that your act introduction includes reference to your background to clear things up for audience members.
* You are permitted to showcase and express your OWN culture, job or religion.
We will have a stage manager on the evening, who will be advising performers when to go on stage/get ready etc. By submitting your application, you are agreeing to listen and respect the stage manager and all staff on the evening.
Please make sure you are always acting in a professional manner.
Strictly no alcohol to be consumed prior to using any apparatus or performance. Bring along something special to wear for the curtain call and when you are out in view of the audience. The dress code is formal cocktail, so please take this opportunity to dress up! Please arrive with your Hair & Makeup done, there is not enough room backstage to do this on the evening.
Do not use any aerosol cans backstage as this can effect performers with aesthma or allergies. These products must be applied before coming to the venue (or you can use them outside).
Please keep voices low backstage and don’t clog the stairway.
All of the shows that we produce under Sky Sirens are Auslan Interpreted for Hard of Hearing or Deaf guests. If your show has any 'spoken word' (this obviously excludes music lyrics), you must present us with a script so that the Interpreter can be prepared to sign to aid your performance. If you have any spoken word in your application video, you must dub this section with subtitles as Katia (producer and one of the application judges) has a hearing impairment and will require subtitles to understand your application.
We are currently waiting to hear back from the venue in terms of Wheelchair access, so please let us know if any of your guests require this type of Accessibility or anything else!
There will be footage (video and photo) that may be taken of your performance on the night. If you are successful in performing at Heartstoppers, you acknowledge that this footage may be distributed online and in printed form.
Each performer will receive an edited HD video of their performance as a memoir of their show.
There will be our resident photographer, Etienne Reynaud there on the night (who has taken all of the Heartstoppers images). He will be taking photos of the general vibe of the night, backstage and the highlights of some performances. If you would like specific photographic attention to your show, he does have a range of packages available to cater for your individual needs.
Please submit your application through the form on this page with the following information:
We need to know your full legal name for the application process only.
We need to know your full stage name. We will refer to you by your stage name for the entirety of the application process and on the evening of the performance.
Email Address & Phone Number
We require your email address and phone number to contact you if you're successful.
Studio you're representing
If you are currently studying at a Pole, Dance or Aerial studio - please let us know which one. If you don't wish to represent your studio, please write 'none'.
Four sentences about yourself as a performer.
Video Submission Link
Please provide a link to Youtube or Vimeo of a full-length, unedited* video of your performance. The video must be at least 2 minutes and maximum 4 minutes in duration. There must be sound, and the video must be clear. The video submission does not have to be the same performance as what you will showcase on the evening - but it must depict a similar style and apparatus (if you use one). For example, if you want to showcase pole - you must apply with a pole video. * Unedited refers to no cutting and pasting of different clips to create a whole piece (eg. no showreels).
Type of Performance
Please tick the box of the type of performance that you will be showcasing on the evening. If you are applying with a piece that is not one of the common options, please write this in the box below.
Description of Act
Please write a rough description of the type of act that you'd like to showcase on the evening. You may change this description after your submission at the producer's discretion. Please be aware that if your act description does change, it may be rejected and your performance may be withdrawn. In the application process, the act description plays a huge part as we need to ensure a diverse range of performances for the evening.
Terms & Conditions
You must acknowledge that you have read and understood the above "Heartstoppers Perfomer Information". By submitting your application, and ticking this box - you agree to the policies regarding 'Video Application', 'Stage & Apparatus', 'Themes & Content', 'Performer Etiquette', 'Accessibility' and 'Photography & Video'.
We are looking for applicants to represent a range of studios - you don't need to be a member of Sky Sirens to perform.
Entries close on Monday the 13th of August 2018 and applicants will be notified by Friday the 17th of August 2018.