Award-winning works from the Joffrey Academy return to the Museum of Contemporary Art and feature four world premieres

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, official school of the Joffrey Ballet, presents four world premieres following Joffrey’s national call for ALAANA artists (African, Latino, Asian, Arab and Native American) to submit applications for the choreographic competition of the Joffrey Academy winning works. .

The winners of this year’s competition – Audrey Baran, Joffrey Company artist Edson Barbosa, Taylor Carrasco and Derick McKoy, Jr. – each choreographed an original work created on Joffrey Academy trainees and the Studio Company.

“Following the COVID-related cancellation in 2020 and a virtual presentation in 2021, it is particularly significant that Winning Works returns in all its glory to the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2022,” said Ashley Wheater MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet. “These young, emerging choreographers prove that there is no limit to the level of artistic expression one can possess.”

“This represents over a decade of exceptional work and brilliant artistry for Winning Works,” said Greg Cameron, President and CEO of Joffrey Ballet. “I am in awe of the creativity showcased over the past two challenging years which has demonstrated admirable tenacity among artists. May we celebrate this return to the MCA as a new beginning.”

Director of Joffrey’s Abbott Academy, Raymond Rodriguez, added: “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the works of rising stars danced by our amazing Joffrey Academy trainees and our Studio Company. Just like our beautiful Chicago, the backgrounds of these choreographers and the works they’ll premiere on stage are varied, rich and dynamic.”

Winning Works returns to in-person performances for the first time since 2019 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Edlis Neeson Theater (220 E. Chicago Avenue) Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets to Winning Works are $30 and are available for purchase at

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