27 Jan

INTERVIEW WITH SARAH DOUCETTE – COSTUME DESIGNER, JULIET & ROMEO

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The costumes in Juliet & Romeo are a work of art in and of themselves. We had a lovely chat with costume designer Sarah Doucette, who designed the pieces for the 2017 run and flew in prior to the 2019/2020 tour to adjust and dress the current company members for the remount. Speaking to Sarah gives …

21 Jan

THOUGHTS FROM AN ENGLISH TEACHER ON JULIET & ROMEO

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Juliet and Romeo: a beautifully haunting reimagining of the “star-cross’d lovers” for the 21st century By Curtis Petrie Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Juliet and Romeo is a 21st century meta take on William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Kimberley Cooper and Cory Bowles’ adaptation is sinuous proof of the eternal relevance of the Bard’s version. The trope of the star-crossed …

18 Jan

PEOPLE OF DJD – NICK FRASER – JULIET & ROMEO MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND COMPOSER

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1. THE MUSIC FOR J&R IS VERY POWERFUL, WHERE DID YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM TO CREATE SUCH PASSIONATE PIECES OF MUSIC? Thanks! The MAIN inspiration was the amazing Kim Cooper, since she asked me to do the work! I often think of Igor Stravinsky’s idea that the notion of “inspiration” is backwards; people don’t get inspired TO …

16 Jan

PEOPLE OF DJD – INTERVIEW WITH NATASHA KORNEY – JULIET & ROMEO NARRATOR, COMPANY DANCER

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We had the pleasure of sitting down with Natasha Korney, narrator and dancer is Juliet and Romeo during a short break between rehearsals to discuss her experience in this dynamic role. Check out our back and forth below: Question: How does adding the role of narrator change your experience as an artist? Natasha explained that …

16 Jan

A MESSAGE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, KIMBERLEY COOPER (Juliet & Romeo)

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A MESSAGE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, KIMBERLEY COOPER  In Verona, The Capulets and the Montagues are feuding families. By chance, Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague fall in love at first sight. The relationship is doomed. Juliet is already promised to another man by her father, and due to unfortunate circumstances, Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin and …

10 Dec

DJD COMPANY – KALEB TEKESTE

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DJD COMPANY 2019/2020 Meet our current company of professional jazz dancers who perform the original choreographic works of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks locally and tour nationally. KALEB TEKESTE, DANCER Kaleb is a Calgary based dancer, choreographer and teacher. In 2004 he joined DJD’s Professional Training Program and in 2006 he understudied Kimberley Cooper’s in Charcoal and Crimson. As …

5 Dec

DJD COMPANY – NATASHA KORNEY

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DJD COMPANY 2019/2020 Meet our current company of professional jazz dancers who perform the original choreographic works of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks locally and tour nationally. NATASHA KORNEY, DANCER Natasha began pursuing dance at the age of 13, specifically in the styles of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and African Dance. As part of her training she spent …

28 Nov

DJD COMPANY – SHAYNE JOHNSON

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DJD COMPANY 2019/2020 Meet our current company of professional jazz dancers who perform the original choreographic works of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks locally and tour nationally. SHAYNE JOHNSON, Dancer Shayne began his dance training at age 5 and at the age of 12, launched his professional career as a guest tap dancer on the “Super Dave Osborne” …

21 Nov

DJD COMPANY – KAJA IRWIN

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DJD COMPANY 2019/2020 Meet our current company of professional jazz dancers who perform the original choreographic works of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks locally and tour nationally. KAJA IRWIN, Dancer Kaja Irwin is a Winnipeg born dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. Ms Irwin has worked with respected Calgary choreographers Michèle Moss, Deanne Walsh, Alison (Bryan) Stone and Jennifer …

19 Nov

Artistic Director’s Message From the Road

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MESSAGE FROM THE ROAD Wednesday, November 13 Here we are in St. Catharines Ontario. I’m sitting in my hotel room waiting for my laundry to finish. It’s easy to lose track of days as time is all slippery on the road. It snowed A LOT here on Monday, which meant cancelling some of our workshops …

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