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Event Series Event Series: Spectrum Dance Theater: Grief

Spectrum Dance Theater: Grief

March 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“It is not that I dwell on the past. But the past shapes the way we are in the present and the way we will become what we are destined to become. It is only because I have finally understood the past, accepted it, embraced it, that I can fully live in the moment. And hardly a moment goes by when I don’t think about Emmett and the lessons a son can teach a mother.” – Mamie Till-Mobley

Spectrum Dance Theater and Artistic Director/Choreographer Donald Byrd Invite You to Experience “Grief”

Step into a world of emotion, resilience, and remembrance. “Grief,” a captivating dance and theater work, returns to the stage after its powerful debut in Spring 2022. Artistic Director Donald Byrd masterfully weaves together maternal loss, racial violence, and communal mourning through the eyes of Mamie Till-Mobley, a mother who made a courageous choice despite unimaginable pain.


The Insidious Trilogy

“Grief” is the second installment of “The Insidious Trilogy,” following the impactful works “Strange Fruit” (2019) and “Targeted” (2023). Byrd’s choreography invites us to explore the Black community’s emotions and experiences during the Jim Crow Era. As audience members, we are not only witnesses to history but active participants in this artistic expression.


Join Us in Communal Grieving

At Spectrum Dance Theater, our ensemble, Associate Artists, and Guest Artist Josephine Howell channel the fury, pain, and grief that Mamie Till-Mobley felt. Byrd’s poignant message reminds us: “If you love, you will grieve.” Let us lean into this challenging history together, connecting with vulnerability and shared humanity.


Accompanying the dance/theater performance of “Grief” is a contextual talk presented by community arts leader Vivian Phillips. Following the performance, join us for a Talk Back moderated by Phillips, featuring Donald Byrd and the cast.

Don’t miss this transformative experience – reserve your tickets now!


March 15
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bagley Wright Theater
155 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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