Love (World Premiere)

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“there are no weak links in this production. Byrd… has pared things down here to the purest possible match of movement with music. The result is a work of stunning beauty.” –Seattle Times


“Even at its most abstract and visually impressive, the choreography has intention…. Every dancer in the company was spellbinding—full of elegance and technique and deep emotional response… Byrd’s choreography lives up to his legend.” –CityArts Magazine


I Love You

Spectrum Dance Theater (SDT) presents the world premiere of LOVE, a new work by artistic director Donald Byrd that will feature live musical performances of Benjamin Britten’s Cello Suites by cellists Denise Djokic opening weekend and Seattle native Wendy Sutter closing weekend.



SOLD OUT: Friday & Saturday, June 29 & 30
Standing room tickets $20, at the door only

Thursdays-Saturdays, June 21-23 & June 28-30, 8pm

Live solo cello performances
June 21-23: Denise Djokic
June 28-30: Wendy Sutter



Daniels Recital Hall, 5th & Marion, Downtown Seattle
Click here for map and directions.



SOLD OUT: Friday & Saturday, June 29 & 30
Standing room tickets $20, at the door only

General tickets $25
Students with ID $20 with ID
Teen Tix with Pass $5 (day of show only)

Click here to purchase.



The world premiere of LOVE concludes SDT’s 2011-2012 season, Tony-nominated choreographer Donald Byrd’s exploration of the most complicated of human emotions. The season, entitled “love: subject/object,” has been a retrospective of several narrative works that show “love” as a torturous, obsessive exercise in despair, frailty, and annihilation. LOVE — to be interpreted as resolution, solution, or rejection — will be a clear contrast from the rest of the season, not only for its complete lack of narrative, but also for its all ages accessibility.

LOVE returns Byrd to the grandness and aesthetic beauty of pure dance, with leaps, lifts, extensions, and full ensemble numbers. Inside of a stripped Daniels Recital Hall, a landscape made up of two large island platforms, spectators can observe the “love dances” with clinical distance from above or surgical closeness at ground level; or choose to move around and between the islands to create ever evolving viewing options for LOVE.

For this showstopping season closer, Spectrum brings in two world class cellists to perform Benjamin Britten‘s Cello Suites, Denise Djokic and Wendy Sutter. The Suites are a series of three compositions, first composed for virtuoso cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, that are notoriously difficult. The piece requires stamina and technical prowess. Because of this, the work is rarely performed live.



Commissioners: Tricia  & Russ Stromberg

Co-commissioners: Seattle Theatre Group.


Major support for the production of LOVE comes from

And support from
Laird Patterson
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
The Seattle Foundation
Washington State Arts Commission


The appearance of Denise Djokic and Wendy Sutter has been made possible by the Spectrum Dance Theater Fund for Live Music supported by:

James & Sherry Raisbeck, Leading Supporters

Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation
Laurie Griffith
Wah & May Lui
Donald Byrd
Tim Mauk & Noble Golden
The Boeing Company Employee Matching Funds
David Stutz & Beth Glosten
Barbara Lewis
Mina Miller & David Sabritt
Kathy Lindenmayer
Rita Shaw & Joan Sandler
Natalie Twigg Allen
Susie Purves
Jean T. Gordon


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The springtime of 2012 heralds a triptych of works that will be presented within large scale installations in non-traditional theatrical venues.  The spaces will reflect Donald Byrd’s recent interest in subverting the traditional viewing relationship between dance and its audience.  The first two dance works further develop Byrd’s previous explorations of works that first scandalized audiences at Sergei Diagahlev’s legendary Ballet Russes in fin de siècle Paris. But rather than re-staging the previous work, Byrd is creating entirely new evenings of fully immersive dance theater. The season finale will be a World Premiere work by Byrd.