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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...

Jerusalem Journal, 10/27-11/3/2011

Donald Byrd is in Israel on a fellowship at the American Academy in Jerusalem, a program for senior-level artists and cultural leaders to share their vision and expertise in order to foster greater dialogue and understanding between people of the United States and...

Reflections on The “New” Beast

Several years ago I began to revive for Spectrum some of my older works that had been created for Donald Byrd/The Group, my former company and my primary creative laboratory for twenty-four years. The purpose of the practice was at first simply to give the Spectrum...

The Departure

One of the most difficult and challenging aspects of my job as artistic director is watching dancers leave. I almost always feel sad (and abandoned), sometimes hurt, and at times angry. Occasionally, I have felt betrayed or some combination of all of the above. The...

Lanford Wilson, Leading American Playwright, Dies at 73

I was sadden to read this… When I was in college at Tufts we were mad for Lanford Wilson. One of his plays, the Rimers of Eldritch or Balm in Gilead, had a ‘legendary’ production before my arrival but was still talked about on campus and in the drama department with...

The Narrative Impulse

On 7 December 2009 I had dinner with Scott deLahunta in Amsterdam. During the meal we discussed many things including a research project he was embarking on with The Forsythe Company and Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance. How I understood the project at the time was that...

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.”