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Founded in 1993, 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. Dedicated to education / preservation / creation, the Company’s mission is to increase awareness of and appreciation for jazz through collaborative dance and music projects (performances, classes, lecture-demonstrations, symposiums, community dialogues) that inspire, as well as entertain.

Exploring original music compositions along with the works of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, John Coltrane and other greats, JazzAntiqua delves deep into the heart of jazz and the "movement in the music" -- from the lineage, legacy and language to the socio-cultural implications and contexts embedded therein. From jazz clubs to concert halls, performing arts centers to schools, museums to festivals in the park --- JazzAntiqua shares the art of jazz with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

JazzAntiqua has been recognized with grant awards and support from the Doolittle Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, California Arts Council, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, California Humanities and Toyota Motor Sales, USA.

The Company has been presented at: Playboy Jazz Festivals (Hollywood Bowl), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Music Center of Los Angeles), Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California African American Museum, The Jazz Bakery, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Ford Amphitheatre, CIAEI Theater (Brazil), Dance Mission Theatre (San Francisco), Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, UCLA Hammer Museum, Watts Towers Jazz Festival, Southern Theatre (Minneapolis), Laney College (Oakland), Mesa Performing Arts Center (Arizona) and many other distinguished venues.

Feature stories and spotlight articles on JazzAntiqua have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Weekly Newspapers; Dance Teacher Now, Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine.

 

 

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PAT TAYLOR (Artistic Director/Choreographer) blends her love of jazz and blues music, visual art and spoken word --- with a distinctive historical perspective to create JazzAntiqua's very own brand  of "jazz theatre."

Taylor was raised in a household where jazz served as a musical backdrop to daily life. Yet, it was while living, teaching and choreographing throughout Europe for seven years and experiencing firsthand the world's love and respect for America's original art form, that her passion for jazz and the stories within the music was truly rekindled. Her background in Katherine Dunham and Lester Horton techniques, West African, American vernacular and classic jazz dance, along with her love for the collage nature of improvisation, combine to form her signature style and approach to movement.

Taylor is the recipient of several recognitions including a Brody Arts Fund Choreography Fellowship, and grant awards from the Doolittle Foundation, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, California Arts Council, Center for Cultural Innovation, Francis E. Williams Artists Award and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She was a finalist in the Leo's Choreography Competition (Jazz Dance World Congress) and is 2019 finalist for the Palm Desert Choreography Festival.

In addition to JazzAntiqua, Taylor's work has been presented at Lehman Performing Arts Center (NY), Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CA), Glashuset (Stockholm, Sweden), Suncoast Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas, NV), Temecula Valley Film and Music Festival, Congresso Internacional de Jazz Dance (Brazil), and Los Angeles' Cornerstone Theatre.

Taylor holds an MFA in Interdisciplinray Arts, with an emphasis in jazz aesthetics. A frequent artist in residence, recent and upcoming projects include Rhythmically Speaking Dance (Minneapolis, MN), Nortwest Vista College (San Antinio, TX) and Peabody Conservatory/Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD).

 

 These dancers were real people, with stories that are our stories... communicating themes of struggle, challenge, love, growth and hope. 
- LA Dance Review

Evocative, graceful and bubbling with rich, jazzy textures...
- Los Angeles Times
  

...a uniquely American concert jazz style that bridges cultures within a piece about living that very bridge. Directed by Pat Taylor, JazzAntiqua is one of a few companies committed to concert jazz dance, exploring the structural layering of dance, music, and text within performance. 
- Bachtrack 


Dance has been called history written on the body, and Taylor's piece made this abstract truth utterly tangible.
- ExploreDance.com
 

Taylor's selection of experimental jazz music provides the soundscape to dancing that pops with polyrhythmic sizzle. The movement integrates breath quite deliberately, so much so that it suggests an allusion to Eric Garner's dying words, "I can't breathe."
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
 

...a few troupes like JazzAntiqua are premised on live music, with the interaction and ongoing relationship between the dancers and a music ensemble a defining element of their brand of dance.
- Los Angeles Weekly
 

Pat Taylor took that feeling and heightened it in the powerful excerpts from her “A Love Supreme,” danced with equal parts emotion and virtuosity by her locally based JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble.
- Los Angeles Times

 
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