The Emerging Choreographers Showcase, devoted to the exhibition of emerging artistic talent for company dancers and choreographers, joined by visiting artists, produces the now annual production under the Artistic Direction of DRDT company member, Joshua L. Ishmon. The showcase creates the opportunity for emerging talent to debut and mature their voice, while simultaneously providing an environment where established dancers and choreographers are able to experiment in taking their work in new directions. The Emerging Choreographers Showcase program runs from Monday, June 8th-Saturday, July 18th, 2020.
All parties interested in being considered as a choreographer for the showcase must submit an application here. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm on March 6th, 2020.
Emerging Choreographers Showcase Master Classes
Hamilton Park Cultural Center
513 W 72nd St, Chicago, IL 60621
June 8th – June 19th
Monday through Friday 10:00am-11:30am
Monday and Wednesday: Modern with Joshua L. Ishmon
Tuesday and Thursday: Ballet with Nicole Clarke-Springer
Friday, June 12: Choreographer Workshop TBD
Friday, June 19: Choreographer Workshop TBD
Nicole Clarke-Springer Artistic Team Member
Dereque Whithurs Associate Artistic Team Member
Kevin Iega Jeff Artistic Director
Gary AbbotAssociate Artistic Director
Nicole Clarke-SpringerArtistic Team Member
Joshua L. IshmonAssociate Artistic Team Member
Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm on March 6th, 2020.
The rehearsal period for the project will take place from June 8-July 17, 2020 in Chicago. Performances will be held on Friday July 18 and Saturday July 19, 2020 at the David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts.
We will be selecting two (2) choreographers to present new work alongside showcase Artistic/Producing Director, Joshua Ishmon.
You can submit up to three (3) works for the selection team to review.
Your submitted pieces should be between 5-8 minutes. Pieces over 8 minutes will not be considered.
If your piece is selected we will supply you with a roster of dancers. However, we do ask that the work you submit be for 1-6 dancers.
Each choreographer will get a minimum of one (1) week to set their piece. Detailed scheduling will be discussed with the selected choreographers at the end of the application process but, any choreographer submitting work must be available to set their piece on the ensemble in Chicago during the weeks of June 8, 2020 or June 15, 2020.
No. The selection of choreography is not only based on the quality of the work but the balancing of the show itself.
No. However, if your work is not selected and you are still interested in performing in the showcase, you are welcome to audition for the showcase as a dancer.
Yes, but we are open to working with you if you have other commitments. The first (2) weeks of the process, ECS will rehearse during the day. Once the Summer Intensive begins, the ECS schedule will transition to coincide with them. Performers will be required to attend all classes and necessary rehearsals unless otherwise has been discussed.
As a choreographer:
- The opportunity to work with emerging professional dancers
- The presentation of your work in major Chicago venues to a broad Chicago-based audience
- An environment to deepen and mature your choreographic process and voice
- One on one feedback from Artistic/Producing Director
- Feedback sessions with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s Artistic Team
- An open dialogue with the audiences of the preview and full performances
- Media and review exposure
- Professional recording of at least one performance of their work
- Rehearsal footage of their entire process
- A consultation with the lighting designer before, during, and after the process to develop the quality of the lighting and stage design
- Showcasing for future opportunities
As a performer:
- The opportunity to work and grow with the next generation of choreographic talent
- (6) weeks of intense training in classical and contemporary styles of dance
- Multiple performance opportunities
- Exposure to a broad Chicago-based audience
In keeping with Deeply Rooted’s mission, all artists are responsible for selling tickets to encourage others to support and value that artist’s work. Each choreographer and performer has the potential to receive a stipend at the end of the process which is contingent upon your selling of tickets to the culminating performance at The David and Reva Logan Center.