DanceMotion USA


Spectrum to tour Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka for third season of prestigious DanceMotion USA program

SEATTLE – Spectrum Dance Theater is proud to announce that it has been invited by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to participate in the third season of DanceMotion USASM . This vibrant cultural diplomacy program shares the rich dance culture of the United States with international audiences through performance and cultural exchange. Spectrum’s month-long tour is not yet scheduled, but is anticipated to take place sometime between February and June 2013.

Spectrum is among four companies selected. The following is the list of companies and world regions
of the tour:

       Spectrum Dance Theater, based in Seattle, WA, will tour in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
       Doug Varone and Dancers, based in New York, NY, will tour in Argentina, Paraguay, and Peru.
       Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, based in Chicago, IL, will tour to Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.
       Illstyle and Peace Productions, based in Philadelphia, PA, will tour to Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

As in the two previous seasons of this program, participating dance companies will embark on consecutive, four-week-long international performance and exchange tours.

“We are flattered and humbled by this enormous honor,” said Donald Byrd, Spectrum’s artistic director. “The company is very excited to represent the US in this tour.”

DanceMotion USASM will offer innovative, high-caliber artistic work to global audiences that might not otherwise have access to performances and related educational activities from established American artists. Companies will perform and participate in outreach events, workshops, master classes, media interviews, and discussions about arts management and technical production with international artists and local audiences in a wide variety of venues and settings. Each component of DanceMotion USASMserves to deepen engagement between international and US artists and audiences.

DanceMotion USASM is designed and funded by ECA and produced by BAM with additional support from Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and Pfizer Inc.

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Spectrum Dance Theater ignites audiences through the ambitious artistic agenda of Donald Byrd, whose appetite to explore the arts knows no boundaries. The enfant terrible of the New York dance scene of the 1980s and 90s achieved international visibility for the creation of the Harlem Nutcracker and his choreography for the Broadway smash, The Color Purple. Under Donald Byrd’s visionary artistic leadership since 2002, Spectrum has emerged as a company of regional and national significance.