Birmingham 2022: Dancers and performers wanted for opening and closing ceremonies

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The search begins to find volunteers to take part in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies

The organisers of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham are looking for performers and dancers to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies.

Birmingham2022 is looking to fill 2,000 roles and are seeking passionate music and dance lovers who are aged 18 or over, and based in the West Midlands to take part in the prestigious events.

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Successful applicants will perform in front of a full capacity crowd in Birmingham’s newly redeveloped Alexander Stadium, and a worldwide broadcast audience of up to one billion people - quite an opportunity.

Those with amateur circus, dance and ballet skills will also be welcome.

Organisers are also looking for athlete hosts and established choirs to get involved too.

The Creative Director for the ceremonies is Iqbal Khan.

Both ceremonies will take place at the redeveloped Alexander Stadium.

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Creative Director, Mr Khan said:“The Games are getting very real now, and we need to find the best of this region’s vibrant talent to help us truly bring the creative vision and ambition we have for these ceremonies, to life.

“Performing at the Commonwealth Games is a once in generation opportunity – so get ready to show us what you’ve got if you want to represent your city and region on the biggest global stage.”

The Birmingham 2022 Ceremonies Team is made up of some of the finest West Midlands creative talent, including, theatre director Iqbal Khan, award-winning writer Maeve Clarke, rapper Joshua ‘RTKal’ Holness, and Peaky Blinders creator, Steven Knight.

Around 3,000 people are expected to be interviewed for the roles, with the applications closing on 7 February 2022.

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The Creative Director for the ceremonies is Iqbal KhanThe Creative Director for the ceremonies is Iqbal Khan
The Creative Director for the ceremonies is Iqbal Khan | Birmingham 2022

How to apply

To be part of the cast, applicants must be able to participate in a movement and dance-based audition that will take place in Birmingham, between 1 March and 13 March 2022.

In addition, applicants must be able to commit to regular rehearsal sessions beginning in May 2022, running all the way up to each Ceremony.

The established choirs must also have previous singing and performing experience and be able to learn show material from March and commit to regular rehearsal sessions beginning in July 2022, running all the way up to each ceremony.

Athletes Hosts will be required to attend three rehearsals in July prior to the opening ceremony and one rehearsal before the closing ceremony in August. Interviews will take place between 1 March and 13 March 2022.

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To apply and for more information, visit the Birmingham 2022 website, here.

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