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On OCCURRENCE

Spectrum Dance Theater first presented an OCCURRENCE at La Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 20, 2016. OCCURRENCE # 1, was created as the culminating public presentation of a week-long U.S. Embassy residency in Buenos Aires. Our performance was...

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...

Revisiting The Theater of Needless Talents

Last year this time I was deep in preparation for the revival of The Beast. It was during pre-production of that piece that I arrived at the strategy of approaching revivals of my work as a director rather than as ‘the author’ or choreographer. Rather than ‘rewrite’...

Theater of Needless Talents 2012

These are the preview videos about the creation process for the original 2008 production. While this video still provides insight into the ‘why' and ‘how’ of the production, it does not reveal my evolving understanding of the work since that time. Each time this work...

Harry’s Sister

I was just reading about Meryl Streep’s latest film, The Iron Lady, and suddenly I thought - how come she and I are not friends? Maybe this thought is a result of being in Jerusalem where they say it is easy to bump into and chat with the country’s celebrities. Or is...

Jerusalem Journal, 11/12-11/17/2011

Saturday, 12-November 2011 Let me begin by saying I love Jerusalem. I love all its contradictions, political messiness, convergences and colliding of religions, cultures and ethnicities, as well as the resultant tensions. It is my kind of joint! To me it is not a city...

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.”