Can’t Escape Racism in Spectrum’s Minstrel Show


Our society proclaims to be a progressive one, one that rises above stereotypes and prejudice. It’s not always true, of [...]

Not All Talk at A Rap On Race


Donald Byrd’s work is often a conversation about race, but Spectrum Dance Theater’s A Rap On Race makes the notion [...]

Showing Out Shows Up


In the umbrella term contemporary dance, the word ‘contemporary’ usually refers only to the movement aesthetic, and rarely indicates if [...]

Black Arts Take the Stage at Showing Out


Velocity Dance Center’s Founders Theater was filled to the brim on Sunday, February 28, with faces of the young and [...]

Dancers Shine Bright in SIDF Final Program

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The three-week Seattle International Dance Festival culminated Saturday, June 27, at the Moore Theatre. The program boasted work by choreographers [...]

Byrd Reframes Carmina Burana

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Carmina Burana is a work that demands spectacle: big score, big voices, and big dancing. Composer Carl Orff intended his [...]

Transfigured Night: Gems in the Perfect Setting

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Under the artistic direction of Donald Byrd, Spectrum Dance Theater’s performances are always guaranteed to meld the talents of the [...]

Spectrum: Loveless in LOVE

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Photo by Nate Watters

The white-clad dancers of Spectrum Dance Theater moved between rigid poses with incredible speed in the challenging and rhythmic choreography [...]

Spectrum Unpacks Racism

Spectrum Dance Theater in The Minstrel Show
Photo by Nate Watters

Bring up the topic of race anywhere in the country, and most people react with telling responses: clammy expressions, uncomfortable [...]

Showing Out Showcases Black Choreographic Voices

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Spectrum Dance Theater hosted an evening of work last Saturday, November 23, entitled Showing Out: Contemporary Black Dance. The concert, [...]

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