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The Joffrey Studio Company and Academy Trainees. Photo: Todd Rosenberg.

Watch all four of this year’s world premiere performances from the comfort of home

Robert Joffrey believed that dance was for everyone. Indeed, the Joffrey is devoted to the principles of its founder.

This year, as part of the organization’s commitment to reaching audiences everywhere, the Joffrey streams all four world premiere performances from this year’s Winning Works program in a series of two streaming dates: Series 1 begins on Thursday, March 25, with the launch of Now Now, But Now, a world premiere from Taylor Carrasco, and Friday, March 26, with the streaming premiere of Porcelain by choreographer Audrey Baran. Series 2 begins on Thursday, March 31 with the virtual debut of Road to Flames by choreographer Derick McKoy, Jr., and Friday, April 1 with the presentation of On the Same Boat by choreographer Edson Barbosa. Streaming performances will be available for viewing on the Joffrey website and the Joffrey’s YouTube channel

This year’s Winning Works program featuring the Joffrey Studio Company and Academy Trainees was performend in front of sold out houses at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Edlis Neeson Theater, March 18–20. WTTW Chicago described the 2022 program as “a true winner,” and a “primary example of the Joffrey’s commitment to the ‘new.’“ This year’s choreographers were chosen from a diverse pool of applicants and received stipends to create original works of choreography on the Joffrey Studio Company and Joffrey Academy Trainees. For two weeks a piece, each choreographer and the dancers worked at the studios of Joffrey Tower to bring their original works to life for the MCA stage and the Joffrey’s digital presentation.

Streaming performances of Winning Works 2022 were filmed on location at the Joffrey’s Gerald Arpino Black Box Theater at Joffrey Tower. In 2020, the Joffrey unveiled the Joffrey Studio Series, a catalog of original creations, livestreams, and digital content curated by the Joffrey Artistic team. The Joffrey’s 2021 Winning Works presentation was the first of its kind to stream digitally to a home audience. 

See below for more information about the 2022 digital presentation of Winning Works:

Series 1

Thursday, March 25
The streaming premiere of Not Now, But Now by Taylor Carrasco

Music Composition: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lighting Designer: Tanner Falk
Costume Design: Luis Razo
Rehearsal Assistants: Raúl Casasola, Christopher Marney

Cast: Anda Erdenebileg, Catarina Estévez Collins-Serra, Julian Gan, Will Giannuzzi, Sheng Ming Hsu, Amanda Illuminati, Anzu Ito, Andre McGregor II, Davide Oldano, Pilar Ortega, Andrea Podda, Lauren Quinn, Ronger Teng

Friday, March 26
The streaming premiere of Porcelain by Audrey Baran

Music Composition Belle Chen, Yaeji & OHHYUK
Lighting Design Tanner Funk
Costume Design Luis Razo
Rehearsal Assistants Raúl Casasola, Christopher Marney

Cast: Martina Azzolini, Kiana Bell, Isadora Bless,1 Erris Carrero Konishi, Alessandra Carter,2 Anda Erdenebileg, Luca Freudenberg, Julian Gan, Will Giannuzzi, Amber Huebner, Amanda Illuminati, Mabel Lundie, Lizé Mentz, Andrea Podda, Georgia Stig, Hana Takeda

Series 2

Thursday, March 31
The streaming premiere of Road to Flames by Derick McKoy, Jr.

Original Music Composition J. R. Stitt
Lighting Design Tanner Funk
Costume Design Luis Razo
Rehearsal Assistants Raúl Casasola, Christopher Marney

Cast: Martina Azzolini, Kiana Bell, Isadora Bless, Cadence Burke, Chloe Capulong, Erris Carrero Konishi, Anda Erdenebileg, Catarina Estévez Collins-Serra, Luca Freudenberg, Mila Garza, Amber Huebner, Joel Kioko, Mabel Lundie, Andre McGregor II, Lizé Mentz, Audrey Nelson, Davide Oldano, Pilar Ortega, Sophia Shahani, Hana Takeda

Friday, April 1
The streaming premiere of On the Same Boat by Edson Barbosa

Music Composition Phildel Ng
Lighting Design Tanner Funk
Costume Design Karen Mesquita
Costume Construction Luis Razo
Rehearsal Assistants Raúl Casasola, Christopher Marney

Cast: “Aboard”— Kiana Bell,1 Isadora Bless,2 Chloe Capulong,2 Catarina Estévez Collins-Serra, Luca Freudenberg, Will Giannuzzi, Sheng Ming Hsu, Davide Oldano, Lauren Quinn, Ronger Teng1; “The Sea” — Martina Azzolini,2 Isadora Bless,1 Chloe Capulong,1 Erris Carrero Konishi,1 Julian Gan, Mila Garza,2 Amber Huebner, Amanda Illuminati,1 Anzu Ito, Andre McGregor II, Lizé Mentz,2 Andrea Podda2