Words about Dance
The Museum of Contemporary Art presents Winning Works, the culmination of Joffrey’s 2015 Choreographers of Color Awards in a sold out weekend, March 7 and 8. Three world premieres and an additional fourth work are set to grace the bill. Works by the three Choreographers of Color Awardees and by Joffrey Academy Co-Artistic Director, Alexei Kremnev will come to life with performances by dancers from the Joffrey Studio Company and the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program.
New York City based Jennifer Archibald. Archibald, the founder and artistic director of Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives explains her yet-to-be-titled piece as being largely shaped and formed as she gets to know her trainee cast. The piece will largely be shaped by their individual stories as she digs deep to find a through-line that ties all of their experiences together. In true Archibald form, dancers will be pushed athletically but will exhibit fluidity and softness within their splashes of personal story and classical training.
Choreographer Abdul Latif, also based in New York creates A Year From Now Ago, a piece focusing on the passage of time and the cycle from the beginning of life, to death. Latif’s impressive personal performance past promises a colorful work with choreography based on “movement traditions built from classical forms, using a contemporary aesthetic infused with an urban sensibility.”
Chicago’s only born and bred choreographer, Stephanie Martinez, formerly of River North Dance Chicago creates another untitled work for the program. Martinez’s work focuses on a world that is becoming increasingly “multi-cultural”, and how the existence of many cultures can bring on close and intimate experiences between two people.
Finally, rounding out the bill is new work by Alexei Kremnev, Joffrey Academy Co-Artistic Director. Windy Sand, with original music by Karen LeFrak and costume design by B. Michael is inspired by Chicago’s truest love-hate relationship with Lake Michigan.
As the Choreographers of Color strut their works this year, The Joffrey iterates its pride in recognizing young, diverse choreographic voices across the country and is honored to partner with the Museum of Contempoary Art in producing the show on a stage that will highlight the young dancers.
Shows run Saturday, March 7 at 3 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 8 at 3 pm at the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Avenue.