Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) is a 36-year-old Calgary based dance organization dedicated to the rich history and traditions of jazz dance. We dance in the spirit of jazz and recognize ourselves as guests in the form born out of Black American culture and the African American experience. DJD’s professional company is creation based and works with live music as much as possible. The aesthetic of our work is historically rooted and evolutionary, rhythmic and percussive, and has been called “music for the eyes”.
Works in Progress
If you know us, you know that every couple of seasons we present a performance created by the professional dance company. This fall we chose to continue on that path, though we took the focus off the performance, and put it more on the creation. The dancers spent about seven weeks on their personal creative processes. They were asked to really focus on where they are on their jazz journeys, and without the pressure of an opening night deadline, create something, without the stress of a finishing a piece, without worrying about lighting or costumes, just to focus on movement.
On November 21st we filmed these unadorned works in progress, and I must say, I am very proud of what they have all created. I hope you will enjoy these beautiful raw glimpses that these talented artists have made, and who knows, maybe you will see them live, fully polished and adorned, in the future.
CLICK HERE to watch our virtual Works in Progress presentation.
We are thrilled to be able to share this work with you for free, however if you would like to make a small donation in support of DJD we would truly appreciate it. CLICK HERE to donate.
We miss you.
In the spirit if jazz,