2017/18 Season - Dancing Towards A More Just and Equitable America
We have all heard the adage, “home is where the heart is”. For dancers and choreographers ‘home” is the studio. This is the place where the work is envisioned, created, choreographed and rehearsed; the place where creativity, exploration, risk-taking, emotions, insights, and discoveries happens. It is a liminal space, full of possibilities and varying degrees of disruption. Spectrum Dance Theater’s 2017/18 Season explores this “space” in a series of Showings, Workshop Productions, and Performances in its home at the Madrona Studios on beautiful Lake Washington.
DANCING TOWARDS A MORE JUST AND EQUITABLE AMERICA, pt. 1
Spectrum continues its focus on social justice and equity and the ongoing exploration of the varied theatrical forms and formats that exploration might take. From a ‘theater of disruption’, a genre of artistic work that uses dance, text, fiction, music, mise-en-scène, sound, voice, documentary/facts/information, media, and speculation to engage audiences in issues that are difficult and intractable”; to abstract dance works whose imagery, tone, and mood evoke unexpected emotional connections to the issues of the day.
OCCURRENCE -modeled on the Merce Cunningham EVENT, described as “presented without intermission…consist[ing] of complete dances, excerpts of dances from the repertory, and often new sequences arranged for [a] particular performance and place, with the possibility of several separate activities happening all at the same time.”
One of the surprise hits of the 2016 -2017 Season was the workshop presentation of IOLANTA. This work brings the Company and the students of the School together in a haunting fairy tale about a blind princess who does not know she is blind. Living in a beautiful, isolated, and secluded garden, surrounded by faithful servants and removed from society, she is shielded from anything that might cause her to discover her blindness. Love is the catalyst that begins her journey from darkness to light and to happiness. Choreographer Donald Byrd with Spectrum Dance Theater continue their exploration of this dance adaptation of the Tchaikovsky’s opera IOLANTA in this work-in process/workshop production. This is exploration stage 2 of a 3-stage process leading up to the anticipated large-scale WORLD PREMIER in the SPRING OF 2019. This is an all ages presentation.
DANCING TOWARDS A MORE JUST AND EQUITABLE AMERICA, pt. 2
Sixteen years into the 21st century, the degrading institution of slavery continues to exist through-out the world. But today it has a new name – Human Trafficking. Trafficking in persons is a modern form of slavery and it is the largest manifestation of slavery today. Trafficking in persons is no less brutal or morally repugnant than the historical slavery suffered by people of African descent here in America. This new work will seek to create some awareness of this issue and its scope, and in particular to draw parallels to historical black slavery here in the United States. It will alert us to the grim reality that human trafficking occurs not just in far off countries and foreign lands, but here in the U.S. as well. Dates to be announced later this season.