2020/21 SEASON |The Race & Climate Change Festival


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.

Festival Passes on sale now!
$50 General Admission
$40 Students/Seniors/Military

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.


Premiere Date: June 4, 2021

Premiere Date: June 5, 2021

POOL and After, world premiere productions, are 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: These productions were 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 6:00 pm PDT

Join us for an evening of afrofuturistic climate fiction and poetry from writers Beverly Aarons, Nisi Shawl, and Lola Peters, plus an interactive discussion led by Seattle’s Civic Poet, Jourdan Keith, and Atlanta based environmental health scientist Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks. The speakers reveal Black women’s past and present contributions to solving the climate crisis. Bring an object (tangible or conceptual) from your that you feel represents how climate change impacts you and your community. And share your 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 6:00 pm PDT

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.


This June, Spectrum Dance Theater and Donald Byrd create history in our dystopian Race and Climate Change Festival. Through this festival, Spectrum expands dystopian art in innovative directions, through dance, technology, science fiction, Afrofuturism, and speculation.
We need your support to make this critical festival happen! Black-led organizations like Spectrum have been historically and continuously underfunded. More than ever, we all have the power to change the narrative of the future and to support art that impacts. Please donate to bring this incredible production to fruition!
Every donor who donates above $150 will receive a complimentary ticket to the Race and Climate Change Festival!
Thank you for standing by our side and believing in us. The Race and Climate Change Festival is truly a virtual festival, full of discovery, excitement, and exploration. Your generosity makes this festival possible and can continue to change the narrative of underfunding of Black organizations!