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Chamber Dance Company Archive: Danny Buraczeski

A unique collection of video documenting the UW Chamber Dance Dance Company's over 25 year history of performing modern dance classics.

Selection from Danny Buraczeski's "Blue on the Moon"

Danny Buraczeski

 

Buraczeski

 

American jazz dancer, choreographer, educator and company director

 

Jazz is such rich music. I don't use it as atmosphere or background. The music is the subject matter . . . I learned more about the United States studying the history of jazz dance than I ever did from any history class I ever took

 

Dance Magazine article 1999

 

Drawing on a background in ballet and modern in addition to jazz, Danny Buraczeski has helped redefine what was once considered a limited form––jazz dance. Describing himself as a perpetual student, he says, "I love to read, go to museums and performances, and meet people. You never know when you might meet someone or see or hear something that sets up a feeling of electricity. Then I explore and see if there's something there. Jazz is such rich music. I don't use it as atmosphere or background. The music is the subject matter."1 He founded his company JAZZDANCE in New York in 1979 after a career on Broadway working in musicals such as Mame with Angela Lansbury andThe Act with Liza Minelli. Ten years later he merged JAZZDANCE with the Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, where he served as artistic co-director until 1992. His movement has been described as weighted, angular, swinging, pulsing, rhythmically complex, coiled, curvy, and flowing. He has received numerous grants and fellowships for choreography, including the National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, and the Jerome Foundation. Buraczeski has had works commissioned by Harvard Summer Dance, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the American Dance Festival.

1. McDonagh, Don. Dance Magazine. August 1999.

Watch Buraczeski's Blue on the Moon at the Media Arcade in Vol. 33 of the Chamber Dance Company Archive (DVD UWDP 001 v.33).