Maylands: West Australian Ballet hosts Moulin Rouge Australian auditions

Jolene Slater in Moulin Rouge.
Jolene Slater in Moulin Rouge.

ICONIC and world-famous cabaret Moulin Rouge is scouting for Australian talent at West Australian Ballet in Maylands today, as part of a national recruitment tour.

Artistic director Janet Pharaoh and choreographer Erik Sorensen are travelling across the country to perform in the show, which has been running in Paris since 1889.

The casting requirements include strong classical dance training as well as criteria specific to the Moulin Rouge, minimum height of 179cm for girls and 185cm for boys, well-balanced figure and a personality with charisma to execute the choreographies.

After the casting period, successful dancers will join the 80-member team from 14 different nationalities for the current Féerie show and travel to Paris for a month of rehearsals.

Féerie is a two-hour long show with 1000 costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins, colourful and shimmering colours, a 60 tonne-water aquarium and the famous French Cancan.

The Moulin Rouge will celebrate its 130th anniversary in 2019.

Following the Perth audition, the recruitment team will hold auditions in Gold Coast and Brisbane this weekend before flying to Sydney on July 23 and Melbourne on August 10.