Joffrey Call for Choreographers

photo by Herbert Migdoll
by karen Krolak

Listen up everyone. You have exactly one month to get your application in for Joffrey’s Second Annual Choreographers of Color Award, designed to recognize promising young choreographers of color. The three winners will be notified by November 1, 2011.

Selected choreographers will receive:
  • 30 rehearsal hours to set their pieces on the Joffrey Academy Trainees, 
  • $2,500 stipend,
  • the opportunity to work directly with Joffrey Artistic Director, Ashley C. Wheater, and Academy Artistic Directors, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik,
  • and housing for the duration of the two-week residency if your permanent residence is more than 100 miles from Joffrey Tower,

Choreography created for the Joffrey Academy Trainees will be presented at the Joffrey Tower and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and must be:
  • original work developed by the applicant,
  • minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 12 minutes long,
  • and created by applicants 18 years of age or older who are naturalized or permanent residents.

photo by Herbert Migdoll
To apply, interested choreographers must submit the following by mail: 
  • a DVD with a five-minute or less excerpt of their choreography with a brief written description; 
  • a letter of intent describing their interest in the competition and the kind of work they will create; 
  • a headshot and curriculum vitae with three references; 
  • and, a general application, which can be found online at joffrey.org/choreographersofcolor.  
There is no submission fee.  Materials can be mailed to:  
The Joffrey Ballet, 
Attn: Choreographers of Color Competition Selection Committee
10 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL, 60601.

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