Curated directly by Spectrum Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Donald Byrd, the newest online streaming series From the Vault returns. This year, we revisit some of our most impactful films during the pandemic season of 20/21. As we look back on a time that required so much resilience and commitment to creativity, artists, and excellence in spite of the obstacles presented by the pandemic, we are ultimately proud of what we have accomplished.

This collection of films uniquely highlights the impact of climate change and its intersection with race, the psychological challenges and discoveries of isolation, and the beginnings of a long-awaited, re-crafted, holiday production. You can now stream 3 films and 4 mini documentaries showing the behind-the-scenes process from creation to performance.  

Stream today through June 5, 2022 as many times as you desire.


Season Pass Members watch for free

$10 for non-members

FILMS & Behind-the-Scenes Footage

POOL/After from Race & Climate Change Festival

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. POOL/After, a world premiere production, is a two -part dance 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”.

Stream the full POOL/After film and the behind-the-scenes footage.

Lyric Suite

Lyric Suite is a dance film capturing a Kafkaesque world that explores the mental and emotional effects and impact of extended isolation on 12 individuals told in 11 vignettes. It is about loneliness. It is a psychological, interior world of the mind – fearful, delusional, and at times paranoid; a reality that is distorted, highly personal, and ultimately hopeful.

Stream the full Lyric Suite film and the behind-the-scenes footage.

Harlem Nutcracker Workshop II 

The heart of Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker lies in Byrd’s re-imagining of The Nutcracker in the context of an African American Family in Harlem at Christmas. Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker highlights the unique centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black Americans, and Harlem as a center of the African diaspora.

Stream the full Harlem Nutcracker Workshop II film and the behind-the-scenes footage.