Milwaukee Ballet holds its biennial Genesis International Choreography Competition.
The Journal Sentinel
Each choreographer was assigned a randomly selected team of the company's great dancers. They were given three weeks to create a 20-minute contemporary ballet for the Genesis concert at the Pabst Theater. First, second and third places will be determined after the closing performance by a panel of national experts and the combined votes of each night's audience. Each choreographer receives a cash prize. The winner is invited back to make a new ballet in 2014.
Third Coast Digest
Audience votes will help determine the winner of the ballet's Genesis International Choreography Competition, which finds three finalists - James Gregg, Lauren Edson and Gabrielle Lamb - choreographing works for the company.
Gregg, a member of Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, heard about the competition from Edgar Zendejas, another Montreal dancer. Zendejas competed but did not win the Milwaukee Ballet competition in 2011. Nevertheless, he encouraged Gregg to apply and send video. “Edgar told me about the wonderful experience he had here and the high energy in the company,” Gregg said.