Earshot Jazz – Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance [Online]

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Nov. 6, 2020 at 7.00pm – Nov. 7, 2020 at 7.00pm PDT

Sliding scale admission: $0–25.

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Khadifa Wong
1h 33m


Jazz in movement and music is ever-evolving. As jazz dance celebrates its many interpretations, it pays homage to its lineage. Its history and artistic roots in the expression of enslaved peoples strengthen the art form, turning its practice into a metaphor for resistance and a struggle for acceptance.

The rapid kaleidoscope of movement and music in Uprooted speaks more clearly than any artificial narrative. Setting testimonials from dedicated practitioners of jazz dance against a linear examination of American history, Uprooted is an opportunity to experience the nuanced place that the art form finds itself in today.

…an enriching corrective to the official story of jazz dance, taking it beyond its already fascinating and complex showbiz luster to profoundly political terrain. … incisive (and, for the most part, nimbly interwoven) commentaries observing the ways jazz dance, like jazz itself, embodies the very history of the United States. Stripped of identity, severed from their African cultures and forbidden to use drums because they were a form of communication, enslaved people were silenced people, and dance became a necessary language, a form of survival and a means of protest.” – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

Full photo credits available here.

About Earshot Jazz

Earshot Jazz cultivates a vibrant jazz community to ensure the legacy and progression of the art form by engaging audiences, celebrating artists, and supporting arts education.

The Earshot Jazz Festival returns this year in an all-digital format. Now in its 32nd year, the 2020 festival will be streamed straight to you, with a mix of online concert performances, panel discussions, and an emphasis on racial, social, and gender justice. Jazz teaches us to listen, learn, and improvise. With our typical programming model upended, we’re taking this opportunity to re-envision what a creative, community-focused jazz festival can look like.

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