Timothy O’Donnell won both the Judges’ Decision and Audience Choice Award in 2009 with his exploration of relationships, The Games We Play. This electric, contemporary work is set to a compilation of modern takes on well-known classical music including Bizet’s Habanera and Flight of the Bumblebee.
Italian choreographer Enrico Morelli won the Audience Choice Award in 2017 with his emotional The Noise of Whispers. He is also the winner of numerous choreographic competitions throughout Italy and received the Silver Medal of the President of the Italian Republic.
Brazil’s Mariana Oliveira impressed critics and crowds alike with her world premiere inspired by the commedia dell’arte, Pagliacci, in 2017. She trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dance before founding Union Project Dance Company in New York.