message from the Artistic Director
As an organisation rooted in jazz, a form born in North America of African and European parents as a result of the transatlantic slave trade, we feel it is important not to stay silent in this time of great unrest.
Our mandate is to create an awareness of, and encourage respect for the integrity, spirit and traditions of jazz through performance and education. We recognize and honour the rich and troubled history of jazz. We are inspired by, benefit from and celebrate Black culture and the contributions of artists of colour. We believe in human connection, personal expression and dignity of all people. We stand together with Black colleagues, dancers, artists of now, the past and the future, to speak out against racism and injustice. We acknowledge that we are in a place of privilege, and that we are not perfect and there is still much work to do. We stand with all communities who experience racial inequalities and will use our privilege to elevate the spirit, livelihood and well-being of all Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC).
-Kimberley Cooper and the DJD Family