Jacolby Satterwhite: “Pastoral Present and Future” Public Artwork Open Call for Dance and Music Students

Project: Jacolby Satterwhite: “Pastoral Present and Future”
Type: Video Art Installation in Public Space
Artist/Director: Jacolby Satterwhite
Casting Director: Damian Bao
Shoot Dates: April 22-24, 2022 – Talent will shoot up to 5 hours for 1 day.
Shoot Location: NYC
Pay Rate: Honorarium of $100 per participant

Celebrated multimedia artist JACOLBY SATTERWHITE — who has collaborated with SOLANGE, DEV HYNES and PERFUME GENIUS, and whose work is in the collections of MoMA, Studio Museum in Harlem and the Whitney Museum of American Art – is looking for 100 music and dance students to appear in a major new site-specific public artwork. Premiering in New York in Fall 2022, this new commission will be a complex and richly layered animation and live action video, presented on a 50-foot media wall in a prominent public location.


The artist is seeking a diverse group of dancers and musicians between the ages of 15 and 30 who reflect the multicultural social fabric of New York City to help realize this important work, consisting of:

  • 50 dancers with a focus on modern dance and ballet.
  • 50 musicians who play one or more of the following instruments:
    – Bowed string instruments such as the violin, viola, cello, and double bass.
    – Woodwinds such as the flute, oboe, and bassoon.
    – Brass instruments such as the horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba.
    – Percussion instruments such as the timpani, snare drum, bass drum,
    cymbals, triangle, tambourine, and mallet percussion.
    – Piano, harpsichord, celesta, keyboards and guitars are also welcome.

*Please note that the video will be silent, so musicians do not need to play a specific composition.*

The selected participants will be invited to a studio to dance and play improvisationally against a green screen, which will later be digitally rendered. Shooting is scheduled for April 23-24, 2022. Participants are asked to be available for 5 hour windows during their shoot date. You will be notified and provided additional details should you be chosen to participate. To register interest, please complete the below questionnaire by Deadline: April 20, 2022 by 7pm EDT.

***a collaboration with Public Art Fund***

Thank you for applying to participate in Jacolby Satterwhite: “Pastoral Present and Future”!

We are thrilled that you are interested in participating in the artist’s most ambitious installation to date, premiering in New York in the Fall of 2022. Should you be selected, you will be joined by 99 other participants to perform in a complex and richly layered animation and live action video piece.

Selected participants will be notified by April 18th-19th, and be provided with additional details regarding location, timing and Covid-19 safety protocols.

It is important to Jacolby Satterwhite that the participants in this artwork reflect the city’s diversity with regards to race, sexuality and gender. In order to help him achieve this goal, we ask that you respond to the following questions. Your responses will be kept private and confidential.

Note: When you submit to this project, your information will be added to Damian Bao Casting’s talent database for future casting opportunities that fits your profile. Our casting office does not send spam and does not contact talent unless we believe they would strongly be considered for an opportunity. You will be able to opt out of receiving emails at any time that you wish.