JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble - "BREATH" (Photo by Tim Agler)
- Oct. 12, 2016
-- The award-winning JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble continues its mission of jazz dance education, preservation and creation with the premiere performance of BREATH --- a powerful, provocative testament to the African American spirit, told through the movement, music and language of Jazz. Reflective of contemporary times and today's impassioned pleas for social justice, BREATH illuminates the hopes, struggles, dreams, fears and promise of all of Humanity. Presented in association with Ebony Repertory Theatre, BREATH premieres Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 8:00 p.m. at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center located at 4718 West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets priced at $20 and $30 can be purchased online at www.ebonyrep.org. For more information, contact the theatre box office at (323) 964-9766 or JazzAntiqua at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREATH features choreography by JazzAntiqua's founding artistic director Pat Taylor and special guest choreographer Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, that seamlessly melds with the musical arrangements of bassist/composer Trevor Ware - performed live by a jazz quartet, exquisite storytelling by the 15-member dance ensemble, and the writings of June Jordan, John Edgar Wideman, Martin Luther King, Jr., bell hooks, and others for an inspiring and entertaining jazz-theatre performance.
One of a select few companies committed to the presentation of concert jazz dance, JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble was founded in 1993 to celebrate jazz as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American history and heritage, and a defining element of the American experience. Recent performances and presentations include: Rhythmically Speaking Dance 2016 at The Southern Theatre (Minneapolis, MN), Black Choreographers Festival 2016 at the Odell Johnson Theatre - Laney College (Oakland, CA), 8th Annual Congresso Internacional de Jazz Dance (Brazil), and the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference (Seattle, WA).
The company has performed at a number of distinguished venues throughout California including: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Hollywood Bowl (Playboy Jazz Festival), John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Irvine Barclay Theatre, California African American Museum and San Francisco's Dance Mission Theater.
JazzAntiqua is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including grants from California Arts Council, Doolittle Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Frances E. Williams Artists' Grants, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and Toyota, USA.
For more information, visit http://www.jazzantiqua.org