Grief Over Dinner

A Spectrum Dance Theater Fundraising Dinner

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

6:00PM – 8:00PM

Artistic Director Donald Byrd and Board Member Michael Hebb invite you to an evening of delightful food, song, and a meaningful discussion about how grief, love and loss have impacted our lives.

Join us at Sherry Raisbeck’s home on the shores of Lake Washington to delve into a potent conversation about our own grief and how we can continue to heal our community through open conversation. 

Michael Hebb will craft a seasonal feast and set the table for a special edition of his global conversation and movement known as Death Over Dinner. Well over 2 million people around the world have taken part in this experience which has been covered extensively by the New York Times, USA Today, NPR and the Guardian. We will be joined by members of the Spectrum Board, hear from Josephine Howell a renowned gospel and jazz singer and David De Rothschild has generously provided his rare Mezcal for the evening. 

Spectrum Dance Theater’s much loved and much anticipated production of GRIEF opens March 15th at the Seattle Rep. We invite our friends and supporters to come together before the opening of GRIEF to continue to support the critical work of Spectrum Dance and Donald Byrd. 


On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black boy from Chicago, IL, visiting relatives in Leflore County, Mississippi, was abducted and brutally murdered for whistling at a white woman.

Grief is a dance/theater piece that imagines a moment an hour before Till’s funeral in the life of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley.

“Over the decades Mr. Byrd has more clearly underscored the potential of dance to enact social change, as a tool that can help us imagine new worlds and ways of thinking.”

Siobhan Burke, The New York Times

“Michael Hebb shows us how given the right framing, a ‘difficult’ conversation does not need to be difficult. It can be liberating. It can even be transformative. His work is expansive and filled with hope, makes us more courageous, connected and honest, well, that is irresistible.”

— Esther Perel, New York Times bestselling author of Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs

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