JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble embraces jazz dance as “the movement in the music,” not only the physical embodiment of Jazz music, but also the lineage, language and ongoing journey across time of a cultural expression deeply rooted in the African American story.
UNTITLED takes the dancers to the streets of Los Angeles and throughout neighborhoods spread across the county, moving in conversation with music (“Smile 4 Me”) by frequent collaborator, Jazz musician/composer Brian Swartz. Inspired by murals and street art and the ways in which these public expressions center and activate community, UNTITLED is the inner smile, strength, hope, self-determination and collective preservation, freedom and joy that grows from a shared sense of place, being and belonging.
In this performance, we are thrilled to highlight a member of our teen company, LEGACY Dance Ensemble, in celebration of our passion for and commitment to nurturing the next generation of jazz dance ambassadors.
About the Company
Founded in 1993, Los Angeles-based JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble celebrates the Jazz tradition as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American history and heritage, and a defining element of the American experience.
The company has been presented locally at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Holiday Celebration), Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Hollywood Bowl (Playboy Jazz Festival), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California African American Museum, Ford Amphitheatre, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Irvine Barclay Theatre; nationally at Dance Mission Theatre (San Francisco, CA), The Southern Theatre (Minneapolis, MN), Mesa Performing Arts Center (Mesa, AZ), Laney College (Oakland, CA); and internationally at CIAEI Theatre in Brazil, among many other venues.
JazzAntiqua’s community centered initiative—ENGAGE!—includes the youth dance training program LEGACY Jazz Project, as a well as a program of performances, master classes, workshops, conversations, lecture-demonstrations and special events supported in part by the California Arts Council, California Humanities, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.