Dancers at Calgary’s new DJD (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks) Dance Centre are celebrating its grand opening with a new live music and dance production, called New Universe.
The new show will showcase the whole DJD company of dancers and feature a score by New York jazz great William Parker, as well as a five-piece band led by Parker himself.
“I am so inspired by his music, his playing and his spirit, it is a huge gift and learning experience,” said Artistic Director and choreographer of New Universe, Kimberley Cooper. “This is a magical time in DJD’s history. It’s amazing to be a part of it.”
The new $26-million dance centre opened earlier in May in the new award-winning Kahanoff II tower on 12th Avenue SE, in a space four times bigger its previous facility.
The first two performances of New Universe are gala fundraising evenings celebrating the centre’s opening, with a pre-show reception and a post-show chance to meet the cast.
Regular performances of New Universe continue after the Gala weekend until closing night on June 12.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit decidedlyjazz.com.
Where: DJD Dance Centre – 111 12th Avenue SE
When: May 27 to June 12, evening performances at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Available at online or call 403-245-3533, starting at $29