Roots to Branches

 

TRANSMISSION

ROOTS TO BRANCHES

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"Don't you feel wonderful when your spirit finally meets your body, and it turns into dance"

CHITA RIVERA

 

 

Transmission is a feature length documentary about the history, lineage and future progressions of Jazz Dance.

 

Featuring interviews and choreography from some of the worlds leading dance voices, Transmission aims to shine a light on Jazz Dance - America's gift to the world.

 

Filming began in London in November 2017, since then filming has continued in the USA (New York, Chicago, Providence, North Carolina, Los Angeles) and in Canada (Toronto and Calgary.)

 
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Jazz in movement and music can be beautiful, puzzling, avant

garde, authentic and theatrical.

It is forever evolving.

Transmission, free of any artificial narrative, is a cinematic

exploration of this art form, paying homage to its lineage,

celebrating its many

re-interpretations and through a fast moving

kaleidoscope of movement and music, will inspire the

dancer of tomorrow to keep this art form alive.

Occupying a contested artscape, Jazz Dance, with its historic

and artistic roots in enslaved peoples is also a metaphor for

struggle, resistance and acceptance.

Set against observational and experiential expressions from

diverse practitioners against a linear examination of American

history, we want to create a film that allows everyone to

experience testimonials and exemplars from people that love

jazz dance and believe it matters as much as life.

KHADIFA WONG - DIRECTOR

be part

of the movement

Transmission is an independent documentary, we are currently trying to raise funds to complete our next block of filming. 

Made as a way to preserve the legacy of jazz dance and to expose it's often hidden roots, the hope is this film will  be invaluable to the Dancers of tomorrow.

We are the first-ever documentary to tell this story, to be a part of the movement, you can donate through our fiscal sponsorship programme. 

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Living legends, Award Winners, Innovators.

We have brought together an amazing group of contributors, all of them bring to the film their unique insights and expertise.

We wanted to ensure as many branches of the Jazz tree are represented as possible. 

 
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"JAZZ IS COMMUNITY"

MELANIE GEORGE

 
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A huge thanks to our dance partner...

We have been lucky enough to be working in association with this leading dance wear brand, Bloch, who have provided us with great support during the production process.

 
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Phil LaDuca and LaDuca Shoes

Transmission is proud to announce our partnership with Phil LaDuca and his iconic dance shoe brand. Broadway legend Phil LaDuca has choreographed a sequence for the film and furnished shoes for our dancers.

We were also lucky enough to be able to interview Phil in LA in September 2018.

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"JAZZ IS SOUL"

NAN GIORDANO