It was incorrectly reported in Monday's Style section that Craig Kraft's lecture on the place of neon in residential and commercial spaces Feb. 5 at the Zenith Gallery is free. There is a $10 fee. (Published 1/19/91)

HELP WANTED: "39 Washington area performers needed to work with internationally renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones. Individuals of all shapes, sizes, colors and orientations who feel comfortable with movement and performance are encouraged to audition."

Ah, make that "very comfortable" with movement and performance, because Jones expects the chosen to do their moving and performing naked when the company presents "Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land" at Lisner Auditorium on March 22 and 23. But before you go screaming "Oh, Calcutta!" give the piece a chance.

"It's not about nudity," explained Arthur Aviles, a dancer with the New York-based Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Company who has been helping Jones audition interested locals on the show's current tour. "People have to know that nudity is involved, but no one auditions with their clothes off."

"The Promised Land," the last section of "Last Supper" in which the local recruits will appear, calls for "diverse types, from big, small, fat, skinny, black, white ... a really ethnic variety varying {in dance skills} from technical to nontechnical," according to Aviles. The piece was presented at the University of Minnesota in April, and "The Last Supper" as a whole had its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November. The New York Times called it "anything but a perfect work, but it has unusual moments of high interest and intense feeling. Even in this apotheosis in the buff, complete with celestial rays on the backdrop, Mr. Jones manages to get away with a huge platitudinous finale."

Naturally, the prospect of nonprofessionals dancing naked onstage has brought some attention to "Promised Land." Officials at the University of Minnesota forbade its students to appear totally nude in the work, and five of seven venues in New England, where it is on tour this month, dropped the last section claiming unforeseen costs of the production. But that hasn't stopped people from coming out for a chance to work with an internationally acclaimed talent like Jones.

"We're proud that in this small town, 120 people auditioned," said Philip Bither, programming director of the Burlington, Vt., Flynn Theatre, where the piece will be presented Thursday. "It was tremendous. We expected we would take anyone who came, but it turned out to be a competitive audition. Bill and Arthur were stunned."

"You get so many different types of people," said Aviles. "You get housewives, you get older people, you get dancers -- predominantly there's dancers or people who are involved in movement one way or another."

Aviles said the auditions are simple: "They walk in, warm up. We ask them at first to maybe walk around... . Then it gets more and more technical as it goes on." The prospective performers are asked to imitate dance moves and participate in "trust exercises" in which "one person throws themselves at one person and the other would catch them."

"We're looking for personalities and people who are willing to take the chance," said Aviles. "At the end of the audition, {Jones} asks if people feel inhibited about being nude onstage. We don't want to force anyone to be naked. We want them to make the decision on their own. The group of people work together to take the step to become a daring community with each other, and part of that is stripping down your barriers."

Auditions will be held next Monday at 3 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m.

WPA's Call for Open Artists The Washington Project for the Arts is getting a few more helping hands in organizing its 12th annual Open Studio this year from the Arlington Arts Center and Rockville Arts Place. The three organizations are encouraging artists in the metropolitan area to open their studios to the public over three weekends this spring: Virginia, April 6-7; Washington, April 13-14; and Maryland, April 20-21.

Jan. 28 is the deadline for registration. There is a $10 fee.

Last year, more than 250 artists participated. For information, call the appropriate arts space: WPA, 202-347-4813; AAC, 703-524-1494; RAP, 301-309-6900.

Neon a-Glow-Glow

That glow on Seventh Street NW can only mean one thing -- the Zenith Gallery is holding its 10th Anniversary Neon Show. What started small, as a quirky attraction at the gallery's old Rhode Island Avenue address, has become big: This "Illumination Celebration," which opened Friday and runs through Feb. 25, features 10 of the country's most noted neon artists, including Craig Kraft, winner of Sign of the Times magazine's first-place design award. Kraft will present a free lecture Feb. 5 discussing neon's place in residential and commercial spaces. The Zenith Gallery, at 413 Seventh St. NW, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m.