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Joy Alpuerto Ritter

Joy Alpuerto Ritter was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In her youth she was trained at the Ballettschule Armin Krain and learned Philippine Folk Dance in the cultural dance group led by her mother. In 2004 Joy graduated at the Palucca School in Dresden, Germany, with a dance diploma. She started working as a freelance dancer with choreographers Christoph Winkler, Heike Hennig, Wangramirez, Constanza Macras, Heike Hennig, Yui Kawaguchi, and Kader ‘Amigo’ Memis.
After expanding her repertory in urban dance styles, she felt connected to the Hip Hop and Voguing Ballroom culture scene in Berlin and has won prizes in several Dance Battles like Voguing out Berlin, Defipayette, Oval Battle and Funkin stylz. In 2011, Joy joined Cirque du Soleil as a dancer and aerial artist for the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour. Since 2013 she has been a dancer and rehearsal director of the Akram Khan Company touring around the world with productions iTMOi, Kaash and Until the Lions. In 2016 she was nominated as ‘outstanding female dancer’ (modern) in the performance Until the Lions by the National Dance Awards UK. Over the course of her career, she has embodied a diverse vocabulary and developed her personal language of movement from a mix of urban, traditional and contemporary dance.
She has been working as a choreographer since 2016. Her experiences as a dancer and her own unique language of movement, shaped by diverse dance styles and cultures, flow into her choreographic work.
Since, she has choreographed at theatres such as Sophiensaele Berlin, LOFFT Leipzig, HAU Berlin, Tanzkomplizen Berlin, Theater der Junge Welt Leipzig, Barbican in London and Orsolina28. Her works have toured internationally in various houses and festivals such as Kalamata Dance Festival, Gender Bender Festival Bologna, Deltebre Dansa, Stanislavsky Theater Moscow, KLAP Maison pour la Danse Marseille, Lilian Bailys Theatre London, Biennale Seoul Korea, Romaeuropa Festival, International dance Festival Lublin.
With her solo work Babae, she has found international response as a Choreographer and is one of the Aerowaves artists 2020. Her work as a choreographer established new collaborations with Akram Khan, Mavin Khoo, Ballett Black in London, Chen Shi-Zheng, Riz Ahmed, Gideon Berger, Viviana Durante and Floria Sigismondi.
As a teacher Joy has been giving workshops at IDW – International Dance Week Budapest, Marameo Berlin, Orsolina28, Ugnayan (Online), Towards Vivencia (Online) and has created commissioned works at SEAD – Salzburg Experimental Dance Academy, DAF- Dance Arts Faculty in Rome and Beijing Dance Academy in China.