syreeta hector
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Call for Dance and Movement Artists

posted July 26th, 2021


APPLICATION PROCESS: Expression of Interest followed by in-person audition
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Deadline Monday, August 23, 2021 - 5pm
WORKSHOP & ROUNDTABLE DATES: August 10/11, 2021 (more info here)
AUDITION DATES: September 11/12, 2021
Note: Interested artists must apply in advance to be considered for the audition

Mocean Dance is pleased to be commissioning a new work by NB-born, Tkaronto/Toronto-based choreographer, Syreeta Hector, and we are seeking three to four dance / movement artists to participate in this new creation. This new, 20-minute work will be created in a hybrid virtual/in-person format from Nov. 2021-April 2022 and will premiere as part of Mocean’s 20th Anniversary Mainstage at Alderney Landing Theatre April 7-9, 2022.

Qualities we are seeking:
Syreeta’s latest work is a hybrid performance piece that blends ballet, modern dance and street dance styles. It oscillates between being physically challenging to having slow hypnotic smooth phrases. The work can go from athletic repetitive movements to explosive unpredictable choices. Her work navigates between choreographed movement and improvisational tasks. We are looking for versatile performers with a dance and/or theatre background. The desire to be physical and the ability to collaborate regarding ideas, movement, and text will be an asset. 

Project is open to professional dance or movement artists based in Nova Scotia. Dance artists from all forms/styles are encouraged to apply. We welcome and strongly encourage people from all communities and intersecting identities to apply. This includes Indigenous people, LGBTQ+ & Two-Spirit people, Black people and people of colour.

Application Process:
Interested artists are asked to submit an Expression of Interest via this Google Form 
(Click the document below to download the Google Doc Questions)

EOI Deadline:
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 5pm.

PLEASE NOTE: If Google Form is not an accessible format, EOI may take any form (letter, video, audio recording)—For information or application assistance please email Julie Robert, Interim Artistic Producer,


Activity Timeline

  • August 10/11 - Workshops & Q&A / Roundtable with Syreeta Hector
  • August 23 - Expression of interest due
  • September 1 - Invitations for in-person audition are sent out
  • September 11/12 - In-person auditions
  • Nov 2021-April 2022 - Creation period (hybrid online/in person)
  • April 7-9, 2022 - Mainstage



Contract dates:
Creation will be in a hybrid online/in-person format. We are currently holding the following dates (subject to change):

  • Nov 15-26 - online, part-time: approx. 10 hours to be scheduled with the cast
  • Dec. 13-17; Dec 27-Jan 7 - in person: 3 weeks, full-time
  • Feb. 19-25 - online, approximately 15 hours
  • March 28-April 1 - 1 week, full-time
  • April 4-9 - Production week and performances

About Syreeta Hector:
As a highly accomplished performer, Syreeta has worked for internationally recognized companies like Adelheid Dance Projects, Danny Grossman Dance Company, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Toronto Dance Theatre. She is a proud graduate of The National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has achieved her Master of Arts in Dance Studies from York University. Her work called “Black Ballerina” focuses on the dualities within ones identity, along with Syreeta’s blackness and indigeneity in relationship to classical ballet. Syreeta is currently one of the Luminato Artists in Residence and part of the Creative Incubator at the Citadel+ Compagnie. Website:  

About the Work:
This collaborative group piece will explore the personal versus performative identity. This performance will consider the oppositional pulls that come along with these layers of the self and will explore how we decide to bring it all to the table or leave a part of oneself behind. Questions like: Who am I? Where are we today? What do we do in order to move forward? Will all be considered in this movement process and performance.


COVID Health & Safety: All Audition participants are required to sign Halifax Dance’s COVID-19 waiver upon registration. Specific information and instructions for adhering to the most current public health measures during the audition will be sent to participants in advance of the audition. Special requests related to individual need or comfort level around COVID-19 can be accommodated, please include details when registering.

For information or application assistance please email Julie Robert, Interim Artistic Producer,