Auditions for Actors & Dancers

Call for submissions

Female & Male Dancers: The Ring Cycle

Opera Australia is seeking twenty-four Dancers for its upcoming Brisbane season of The Ring Cycle — an exciting new co- production in partnership with Opera Queensland, Griffith University and QPAC, directed by Shi-Zheng Chen.


  • Technically accomplished dancers with performance experience and expertise in either contemporary/modern dance, contemporary indigenous dance or accomplished professional dancers with all-round ability.
  • Dancers with skills in street dancing, eg. breakdancing or acrobatic skills, who possess strong all-round ability.

  • Dancers are especially sought from a range of ethnic backgrounds, for example Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Middle-Eastern, Asian, Indian, African, Southern European (Mediterranean), South American and any mixed-race ancestry or multicultural background.
  • Male Dancers must be comfortable with partnering and/or lifting.
  • Dancers may be based in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville or Cairns.

PAY & TERMS      

Dancers will be engaged in accordance with the Opera Australia Enterprise Agreement.

Casual rehearsal rates will apply when rehearsing and performing in a Dancer’s city of residence (Sydney and Brisbane based dancers). Casual rehearsal rates are currently between $45.63 and $52.16 per hour (minimum 3 hour call). Casual performance rates are currently between $234.98 and $291.25 per performance.

When required to tour interstate, Dancers will be paid seasonal weekly salaries. These rates commence at Level 1 (currently $1127.52 p/week) through to Level 5 (currently $1398.02 p/week). Progression from one level to the next is based on years of experience as a professional dancer.

When on tour, Dancers will receive Travel, Accommodation, Meals & Incidentals allowances in accordance with the Opera Australia Enterprise Agreement. Dancers will be engaged on the understanding they are fully available to take part for all rehearsal and performance dates. Please refer to the following rehearsal and performance schedule.


The production will commence with an isolated rehearsal period in Sydney between Monday 9 March 2020 and Saturday 28 March 2020

Studio rehearsals will re-commence in Sydney from Monday 24 August 2020 through to Saturday 10 October 2020

Stage rehearsals will re-commence in Brisbane from Monday 12 October 2020 to Monday 9 November 2020.


Performances will commence in Brisbane from Tuesday 10 November 2020 to Saturday 5 December 2020.


Casting is ongoing and we welcome submissions from dancers. Please make your submission online using this form.

You will be required to upload the following materials:
1. Dance CV (please include age and height in cms)
2. Full-length body shot
3. Video footage (demonstrating contemporary dance ability)

Agents may submit talent online, or by email to: Matthew Barclay, Dance Supervisor, Opera Australia (video links are essential) 

For any further information, please contact:
Matthew Barclay, Dance Supervisor, Opera Australia
Jocelyn O’Brien, Casting Supervisor, Opera Australia



To apply to audition, you must complete this form. No email applications will be accepted. Agents, you must also complete the form for your clients. 

You will be contacted if we would like you to audition. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.