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”.
djd’s drive-in dance performance – POSTPONED
Originally scheduled for February 28-March 3, 2021, There is Something in the Details, has been postponed.
New dates: TBA.
“One of the dancers in the show has tested positive for COVID-19,” says DJD Executive Director Kathi Sundstrom. “Safety and transparency are key values in our organization and, as such, we have instituted a 14-day quarantine for all DJD dancers and crew. Due to our strict safety protocols, we are confident that the origin of the infection was not at DJD, and we are optimistic that we will be able to proceed with the COVID-safe performance after the quarantine.”
The Toronto Black Film FestivaL IN NOW OVER. if you would like to be kept updated on the next screening of uprooted click here.
Uprooted – The Journey of Jazz Dance
The history, lineage and future progressions of jazz dance. The story of Jazz Dance is a complex one, it goes to the very heart of humanity. It is a story of triumph over adversity, oppression and privilege as well as a celebration, because ultimately, what all people have in common is rhythm and a basic human need to get down.
We are grateful to be a part of this important film as one of two Canadian jazz companies represented (the other being the amazing Holla Jazz in Toronto)
To celebrate the Canadian premiere, is an online panel discussion featuring the film’s creators Khadifa Wong (Director), Zak Nemorin (Original Concept), Lisa Donmall-Reeve (Producer), Joan Gill Amorim (Editor), and Matt Simpkins (Director of Photography), as well as Kimberley Cooper (AD DJD), and Natasha Powell (AD Holla Jazz), and moderated by Kimberley Browning (AP LDR Productions).
Listen to Creative Team discuss the project:
“A thoughtful and impassioned look at the often ignored roots of a quintessential American art form.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“No film in the festival is more urgent” – The New York Times
“This film will make you fall in love with jazz dance all over again.” – Dance Magazine
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,