Donald Byrd Workshop
July 21st – August 1st, 2014 11:00am – 4:00pm
The workshop culminates with the Company audition on August 2nd from 12:00-3:00pm
Pre-registration with payment is required.
Location: Spectrum Dance Theater • 800 Lake Washington Blvd, Seattle, WA 98122
Donald Byrd’s workshop is comprised of a two-hour technique class followed by approximately two-and-a-half hours of repertory. Mr. Byrd’s aesthetic emphasizes a relaxed, strong and flexible torso with sharp and highly articulated feet and legs. The technique portion of the workshop is designed to enhance this usage of the body, as well as to increase rhythmic and spatial exactness. With this focus on accuracy, dancers will become more efficient and effective in the management of energy and more able to control the visual, emotional and physical impact of their body’s movement. A characteristic of Donald Byrd’s choreography is its speed and its abundance of movement information. The repertory session is structured to allow the dancer, by learning existing works or through compositional process, to gain skills and experience managing these demanding elements.