The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces a national call for ALAANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American) artists to submit applications for The Joffrey Academy’s Sixth Annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition. The goal of the Award is to recognize talented and emerging ALAANA choreographers whose unique perspective will ignite creativity in the form of original works of dance. The deadline for application is October 1, 2015.
The winning choreographers will be awarded a $5,000 stipend and given a minimum of 30 rehearsal hours. They will set their piece on the international members of the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program and the Joffrey Studio Company and have the opportunity to work under the artistic supervision of Joffrey Academy Artistic Directors Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev.
The choreographic work must be original and developed by the applicant and the finished piece must be a minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 12 minutes long. The world premiere works will be presented in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on March 5-6, 2016 at the MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater.
To apply, interested choreographers must submit the following by mail or email: DVD or video clip with a five-minute or less excerpt of their choreography with a brief written description, a letter of intent describing interest in the competition and the kind of work that will be created in 500–1,000 words, headshot, curriculum vitae, and application form with three references. The completed applications can be sent to The Joffrey Ballet Attn: Winning Works Selection Committee 10 East Randolph Street Chicago IL 60601 or emailed to winningworks [at] joffrey [dot] org.
The final works will be presented as part of the culminating Winning Works performance in three performances on March 5 at 3:00 and 7:30 PM and March 6 at 3:00 PM. Tickets are on sale and available for purchase here or by calling the MCA box office at 312.397.4010.
Edlis Neeson Theater
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
Saturday, March 5 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 6 at 3:00 PM
“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.”
*Photo by Cheryl Mann.