The Joffrey Academy's 2014-2015 Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards
Three winners will receive a $2,500 stipend and will have the opportunity to work directly with Academy Artistic Directors, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. The choreographers’ world premiere works will be showcased on The Joffrey Academy Trainees and Joffrey Studio Company at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and other venues throughout the year.
The choreographers’ finished pieces must be a minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 12 minutes long. Selected choreographers will be given a minimum of 30 rehearsal hours to set their pieces on the Joffrey Academy Trainees and Joffrey Studio Company. Choreographers whose permanent residence is more than 100 miles from Joffrey Tower will be provided with accommodations for the duration of their residency (two weeks in January/February 2015; schedule TBD).
The Joffrey Ballet is looking for talented choreographers with 2+ years of experience setting work on classically trained dancers. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group, 21 years of age or older, and must be United States citizens.
Applicants must submit the following by mail or by email:
- DVD or video clip with a five-minute or less excerpt of your choreography along with a brief written description
- A letter of intent describing your interest in the competition and the kind of work you will create in 500–1,000 words
- Curriculum vitae
- General application with three references
Download application here.
There is no submission fee. Application materials will not be returned.
All materials must be postmarked by October 1, 2014.
Send completed application to:
The Joffrey Ballet
Attention: Choreographers of Color
Competition Selection Committee
10 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Or email application to: choreographersofcolor [at] joffrey [dot] org
Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards will be held March 7-8, 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Tickets for the performance will go on sale July 8.
Saturday, March 7 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, March 8 at 3:00pm
Purchase tickets here!
“Truly wonderful to get to see works by such talented creative people. Especially loved getting to see the piece that Alexei Kremnev did - really let his sense of humor shine through!”
“I don't know very much about ballet but I was impressed by the athleticism of the dancers and the complexity of the choreography.”
“So impressed with both the choreography and the quality of the performance. The dancers looked so comfortable on stage -- really "sold" the choreography to the audience. Impressive ‘stage presence’ for dancers at the beginning of their careers!”
“Terrific! We loved it; very talented choreographers and dancers.”
“I was shocked at the caliber of talent and energy of the dancers. It was a wonderful evening. I so enjoyed meeting the dancers and being able to put a face to the performers.”
“I really thought the program was wonderful. It was much higher caliber than I would have expected from a group of students. They really are amazing and talented dancers. My friends and I really enjoyed the costumes and the way they added visual interest to the dances. Can't wait for next year!”
“The performances were original and beautifully articulated. The dancers were perfection in motion. We thoroughly enjoyed the show and hope to see more like it.”