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 Seventh 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 winning choreographers will be awarded a $5,000 stipend. The choreographers' world premiere works will be showcased on the members of the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program and the Joffrey Studio Company in March 2017.
Submission Deadline: All materials must be postmarked by October 1, 2016.
Send Completed Application to:
The Joffrey Ballet
Attn: Winning Works Committee
10 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Or Email Application to: winningworks [at] joffrey [dot] org
GWENDOLYN BROOKS CELEBRATION: In 2017, The Joffrey Ballet will celebrate the centennial of Chicago icon Gwendolyn Brooks. Brooks was a highly regarded poet and the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. Her body of work demonstrates a political consciousness, especially those from the 1960s and later, with several of her poems reflecting the civil rights activism of that period. Winning choreographers are welcome to use Brooks as an inspiration for their work if desired, although not required. To learn more, click here.
ELIGIBILITY: The Joffrey Ballet is looking for talented ALAANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American) 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, must be living in the U.S. or be able to cover travel expenses to the U.S.
DETAILS: The choreographer's finished pieces must be a minimum of 10 minutes and a maximun of 12 minutes long. Selected choreographers will be given a minimum of 30 rehearsal hours to set their pieces. Each winning artist will receive a $5,000 stipend. Choreographers will be provided with accommodations for the duration of their residency (two weeks in January/February 2017; schedule TBD). The completed new work will premiere March 2017 and may be performed at various venues around Chicago through the 2016-2017 Academy year and beyond.
TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION:
Applicants must submit the following by mail or email:
- DVD or video clip with a five-minute or less excerpt of your choreography 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 (see link above) with three references
There is no submission fee. Application materials will not be returned.