A Rap (With Anna Deavere Smith) on Race

Anna Deveare Smith and Donald Byrd talk A Rap on Race DB: So the first question—and I don’t want to do the interview, I think, as somebody who is not vested in it in some way because that’s kind of impossible. ADS: Yes, and not uh, not true. DB: In your usual process...
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Reflections

Notes for: MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE DANCE FESTIVAL RAMBUNCTIOUS 2.0: A Festival of Music and Dance...Continued + DANCE, DANCE, DANCE “Black history doesn’t only belong to African Americans; it belongs to all Americans. It is a travesty that most Americans don’t...

The Minstrel Show Revisited Is Difficult…

The Minstrel Show Revisited is difficult… It is difficult because it complicates our thinking It is difficult because it is disruptive It is difficult because it confronts It is difficult because it makes us race-conscious in a way that is not comfortable or easy It...

An Update to “The Departure”

This is the time of year when one performance season is transitioning to the next. It is also a time that Company dancers depart for new or just different lives. Often during this time I find myself reflecting back on the events of the past season, the highs and the...

On Carmina Burana

  In the latter part of the 20th Century a few stage directors, notable Peter Sellars, began to look at the cantata as potential theatrical material. By the beginning of this century we began to see these staged cantata pop up on various stages across the US and...

10 Years Later: A CRUEL NEW WORLD/the new normal

“At 7:30 AM on the morning of September 11, 2001, I sat in my apartment four blocks from The World Trade Center optimistically preparing for a fundraiser … At about 8:45 AM I stared in stunned silence as an airplane slammed into the North Tower of The World Trade...

portrait of donald byrd

Mr. Byrd, a TONY nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer, became Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in December 2002. Mr. Byrd has frequently been referred to as a ‘citizen artist’ a descriptive that perfectly aligns with an important component of Spectrum Dance Theater’s mission – “dance as an art form and as a social/ civic instrument.”