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Joffrey Ballet Winning Works documentary

A collaboration between Kartemquin and The Joffrey Ballet, this feature-length film documents the winners of the 14th annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition– Jainil Mehta, Martha Nichols, Manoela Gonçalves, Houston Thomas, and Xavier Núñez—from making original […]

A collaboration between Kartemquin and The Joffrey Ballet, this feature-length film documents the winners of the 14th annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition– Jainil Mehta, Martha Nichols, Manoela Gonçalves, Houston Thomas, and Xavier Núñez—from making original works for trainees of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, to presenting world premieres to sold-out audiences at the Museum ofContemporary Art Chicago. Following the Joffrey’s national call for ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists to submit applications for the competition, a film crew led by alums of Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Docs Fellowship program capture the journeys of the 2024 winners through a series of interviews, verité footage, and archive film and photography. The collaboration captures the rise of emerging talent and challenges the perception that classical ballet is an art form only accessible to a specific social stratum.

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