Group audition for Rockland physical theater project set for June 3

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    ROCKLAND — Kimberly Bartosik, a NYC-based choreographer and director, invites interested professional, pre-professional, and non-professional performers to audition for her upcoming project, The Encounter: Rockland, a live physical theater performance work created in partnership with the Strand Theatre’s New Century Series. 

    The group audition will take place Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m., at the Flanagan Community Center, in Rockland. Participants do not need formal dance training, or performance experience, but should be comfortable with and prepared to engage in strenuous physical, athletic activity. The process will also require collaborative engagement from the performers. Ages 11 and up are welcome.

    Interested participants must be available for rehearsals and performances, to be held at the Strand, from July 23 - August 3; performances will take place there on August 4 and 5. More information can be found on the Strand Theatre website at Proof of vaccination is required to participate.

    The Encounter: Rockland is part of Bartosik’s expansive, long-term project. Working with communities around the world merging professional, pre-professional, and non-professional performers, she has been creating unique Encounter projects, creating an intergenerational cross-geographic, global conversation about the ferocious power of the body as a form of communication.

    “The work is an encounter with oneself, pulling from what we are currently carrying in our bodies – grief, hope, fear, desire, newfound power – and pairs it with our dreams in this moment of reconciliation with time,” said Bartosik, in a Strand Theatre news release.

    2022 projects include The Encounter: Buffalo, created in partnership with Torn Space Theater; The Encounter: Italia, supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture; and The Encounter in NYC, which had its World Premiere as part of French Institute/Alliance Francaise Crossing the Line Festival, with performances in FIAF’s Le Skyroom. Visit to learn more about the Encounter projects.

    For any questions, email

    Event Date: 

    Sat, 06/03/2023 - 2:00pm

    Event Location: 

    Flanagan Community Center


    Flanagan Community Center
    Rockland, ME 04841
    United States