The Beast

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Beauty Loves Beast


“It’s brutal. It’s tough. It’s crazed. It also, unexpectedly, has enough gallows humor threaded through it to make its raw pain as galvanizing as it is perturbing.” —Seattle Times, 10/1/2011


Originally commissioned by a consortium that included UW World Series in 1996*, The Beast is Donald Byrd’s unflinching look at love at its most knotty; violent and broken, savage and inhumane.

The New York Times, upon its premiere, pronounced it  “Powerful… meaningful…,” and called Byrd “choreographically intelligent and imaginative…”; and The Seattle Times praised The Beast’s “Rhythmic intelligence and choreographic vigor.”

The Beast heralds the return of dancers Ty Alexander Cheng, Vincent Michael Lopez, and Amber Nicole Mayberry, and marks the debut of five new company dancers at the Spectrum Studio Theater, the company’s home venue. The new dancers are Jade Solomon Curtis, Donald Jones, Jr., Shadou Mintrone, Kate Monthy, and Derek Crescenti.

The piece features a live performance of an original commissioned score by the highly acclaimed New York dance and theatre composer Andy Teirstein. The musicians are Judith Cohen, piano, Jamie Maschler, accordion and percussion, Alicia Rinehart, violin and viola, and Tobi Stone, woodwinds.

This staging of The Beast is designed by a team of Seattle theater veterans: Matthew Richter, scenic design, Doris Black, costume design, and Tom Sturge, lighting design.



September 30 – October 16, 2011
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 8pm showtime
Spectrum Studio Theater



*The Beast was originally co-commissioned by Dance Umbrella in Austin, TX, and the University of Washington’s World Series in Seattle, WA.   Development of The Beast was supported in part by a grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Arts Partners Program which is administered by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.