Hit That Jive Productions is an Edmonton-based non-profit arts organization that creates opportunities for dance and theatre artists to develop their craft and perform their work. We host dance and theatre workshops, festivals, social dances, and special events, and provide coaching and performance opportunities for emerging and seasoned artists through our performance teams. Our projects invite performers and teachers from across the globe to work with our artists and perform for local audiences, specifically targeting growth in the Edmonton lindy hop and clown-theatre communities.
Lindy Hop is an African-American Jazz Roots dance that began in Harlem, NY, in the 1930s. We celebrate this swing-era dance by running workshops, social dances, classes, performance teams, and other events. We host fun and inclusive events for dancers of all types and skill levels, and encourage everyone to tap into their creative expression through dance.
The Play the Fool Festival is Edmonton’s artist-driven theatre festival that presents clown theatre and physical comedy performances. We bring together seasoned and emerging local, national, and international clown and physical theatre artists for performances that embrace risk, exploration, and play, and that showcase a diverse range of clown-based theatre styles to Edmonton audiences. Play the Fool presents all styles of clowning, including red nose, mask, dance comedy, bouffon, character pieces, comedy burlesque, acrobatics, slapstick, puppetry, and those that resist classification. As Western Canada’s only clown-based theatre festival, we provide a professional environment for artists in these styles to showcase their work.
Working with artists and organizations in our community is important to us. We partner with local organizations for events and projects, including the University of Alberta's Swing-Out Edmonton Dance Club and Small Matters Productions.