Category Stage Notes

Former Joffrey Artist Greig Matthew and Joffrey Artist Edson Barbosa in Justin Peck’s The Times Are Racing.

Edson Barbosa was prepared for anything. Tap, jazz, pointe—you name it. After all, he did everything as a child, dating back to his first dance class in his native Brazil.

Barbosa’s arsenal as a dancer is famously plentiful, whether he’s dancing the classics like Don Quixote or the shadowy fluidity in his starring role in Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina. But for The Times Are Racing, a masterwork by choreographer Justin Peck, Barbosa dug deep and used every trick at his disposal.

”It's very unique,“ Barbosa says. ”It reminds of me of Billy Elliot. You know when he’s going downhill and he's just dancing—you see he’s tapping, he's doing ballet, he's doing jazz.”

What begins with a salute to the power of protest slowly morphs into an energizing jolt of pure adrenaline. The score by Dan Deacon feels ceaseless, the intricacy of the choreography almost otherworldly. 

In this episode of Stage Notes, former Joffrey Artist Greig Matthews and Barbosa share their experience dancing one of the most popular pieces in the Joffrey repertoire.