2020/21 SEASON |The Race & Climate Change Festival

NOTE: 2020/21 Spectrum Dance Theater Season Ticket Holders and those who purchased tickets to the canceled performances of POOL and After in 2020 do not need to purchase a Race & Climate Change Festival Pass. You will receive login instructions the week of May 24th.

The Race & Climate Change Festival | June 1 – 30, 2021

Spectrum’s Race & Climate Change Festival is the culmination of a two-year-long exploration of speculations on the future, post-climate disaster, and how climate change will disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. 

This month-long virtual Festival will unfold across multiple dimensions at the intersection of Science, Race, Afro-Futurism, Imagination, Speculation, Sci-Fi, Social Sciences, and Philosophy. 

The Festival experience invites visitors to explore and imagine future communities, called shucks, coping with the long-term impacts of climate change on the physical world and humanity. This glimpse into the future showcases the stories of surviving humans, how they have adapted to the new reality, and their interpretation of the impact and events of pre-climate disaster.  

Highlights of the Festival include:

Premiere Date: June 4, 2021

POOL/After, a world premiere production, is a two-part danced ritual that future humans (2090 and beyond) have developed due to the deification of Greta Thunberg and the appearance in the shucks of a mysterious Black woman called “she who sees”.

Note: This production was scheduled to premiere during the Race & Climate Change Festival in the Spring of 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the production was postponed (see our mini-documentary, “A Dance to Be that Never Was”). 


Black Women Speak: Afrofuturistic Visions and Climate Change
Premiere Date: June 10, 2021

Join us for an evening of afrofuturistic climate fiction and poetry from writers Beverly Aarons, Nisi Shawl, Lola Peters, and Jaye Ware. And engage in an interactive discussion led by Seattle’s Civic Poet, Jourdan Keith, an Atlanta-based environmental health scientist Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks as they reveal Black women’s past and present contributions to solving the climate crisis. Bring an object (tangible or conceptual) from your home or neighborhood that you feel represents how climate change impacts you and your community. And share your experiences and imaginings of how you might help solve the climate change crisis.


Youth Engaging with Climate Justice
Premiere Date: June 12, 2021

This virtual presentation centers around the group of youth that inspired Donald Byrd to explore the current and future impacts of the relationship between Race and Climate Change. Over the past calendar year, this group has cultivated a youth-centered space to learn, discuss, and organize around the intersectionality of Race, Climate Justice, and Art Practice. This presentation is a creative distillation and contemplation of that work.


The Race & Climate Festival TalkBack
Premiere Date: June 30, 2021

On the final day of the Festival, all Pass-holders are invited to a behind-the-scenes look into the making of The Race & Climate Change Festival with Donald Byrd and the creative and production teams.