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Donald Byrd on GREENWOOD and Juneteenth

As a way to support the ongoing education, awareness, and consciousness of Black Lives and Black History, our offering this week, "GREENWOOD," is presented in conjunction with observances of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of...

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...

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...

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.”