Polina Semionova is the prototype for the character of Claire in the ballet drama being developed by Starz.

Starz has launched a nationwide casting call for ballet dancers to star in the as-yet-untitled original drama it is developing. Producers will conduct open auditions in Chicago on Oct. 3 and 4.

The series comes from "Breaking Bad" co-executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett and Lawrence Bender, a frequent collaborator with Quentin Tarantino. The drama will explore the dark side of the professional ballet world through the story of Claire, a young ballet dancer with a troubled past who joins a prestigious New York ballet company. Starz says the series "will unflinchingly explore the dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world." Sounds dark like "Black Swan."

If you want to audition, you have to be good--as in a real ballet dancer. Potential candidates must perform at a company level, Starz says. The Chicago casting calls are Oct. 3 and 4. Hopefuls must register at www.telseyandco.com/starzballetproject with your contact information, resume and recent photos. Details on the times and location will be listed at the same site.

Starz is looking for both male and female characters, including the lead role of Claire. All roles require Nudity and sexuality. These character descriptions are posted on the Web site above:

CLAIRE: Female, Caucasian, 21 years old. Series lead. Must dance at a company ballerina level. Claire is beautiful, delicate, soulful and serious. Prototype: Polina Semionova (see video above).

MIA: Female, any ethnicity, 22 years old. Series regular. Must dance at a company ballerina level. Mia is cute, feisty and the polar opposite of Claire. She’s comfortably brassy--no filter--and says whatever is on her mind. She’s an NYC native who loves to talk and has a dry, charming and honest sense of humor.

DAPHNE: Female, any ethnicity, 24 years old. Series regular. Must dance at a company ballerina level. Daphne is gorgeous, smart, confident, relaxed and possesses a wry sense of humor. Daphne is worldly and owns her power as a woman--she is not someone who can be taken advantage of.

KIIRA: Female, any ethnicity, (open to accents) 31 years old. Series regular. Must dance at a company ballerina level. Kiira is the prima ballerina of the company. She is nervous on the inside and terrified of “aging out” as a ballerina but she maintains an ice princess demeanor. She’s used to being the favorite and she’s used to being the star.

ROSS: Male, any ethnicity, (open to accents) 26 years old. Series regular. Must dance at a company level. Ross is a Principal dancer in the company and confident as hell. He’s used to getting everything he wants and he’s cocky and knows how to turn on the charm.

TREY: Male, any ethnicity (open to accents), 25 years old. Series regular. Must dance at a company level. Trey is a soloist in the company. He’s openly gay and a lot of fun. He doesn’t pull any punches and loves to gossip. Nudity and sexuality required.

Open auditions are taking place in these cities as well:

  • Los Angeles,: Sept. 19-20
  • Houston: Sept. 22
  • San Francisco: Sept. 30, Oct. 1
  • Seattle: Oct. 2-3
  • Miami: Oct. 1-2
  • Boston: Oct. 4

 


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