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DIALOGUES: VOICES FROM PERFORMANCE Social Justice and Just Causes

Notice Type: 
Activities
Event Date: 
Fri, 02/26/2021
Event Time: 
10:00 AM
Event Location: 
Live Stream

Dialogues: Voices from Performance colloqia series continues with award-winning Choreographer Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater.

Social Justice and Just Causes: What is the balance of the didactic, the authentic/personal, and the aesthetic in the creation of dance works during a time of racial reckoning and consciousness expansion

Friday, February 26th, 10:00 AM, FREE

Register in advance to be part of the Q&A group HERE

Stream the live event (refresh the feed @ 10am)


Donald Byrd has been the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater since December 2002. Formerly, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured both nationally and internationally. His career has been long and complex, and his choreographic and theatrical interests are broad. The New York Times describes him as “a choreographer with multiple personalities … an unabashed eclectic.” He is a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer. 

Mr. Byrd has frequently been referred to as a ‘citizen artist,’ a descriptive that perfectly aligns with an important component of Spectrum Dance Theater’s mission and Mr. Byrd’s personal beliefs – “dance as an art form and as a social/ civic instrument.” SEE a short video Donald Byrd on Confronting the Uncomfortable

Spectrum’s recent seasons, conceived, choreographed, and directed by Mr. Byrd, are a testament to his commitment to art as a Credible Partner of Social Justice. He continues to demonstrate this by creating dance/theater that is meant to question, to create awareness, to activate, and to move audiences & citizens into action around the persistent social issues that plague contemporary American society and the world: racism and white supremacy, climate change and the climate gap, gender equality, gender identity biases, xenophobia, and police brutality.  

THIS SERIES IS PRESENTED BY THE THEATRE ARTS DEPARTMENT AND AFRICANA BLACK STUDIES PROGRAM.
GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST, THE DIVERSITY AND EQUITY CENTER, THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT, AND THEATRE ARTS DEPARTMENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS CRITICAL SPEAKER SERIES, GO TO: https://www.cwu.edu/theatre/dialogues

Upcoming: March 12th @ 10am: Noelle Skaggs

Diversify The Stage: How Do We Collectively Transform The Live Music Industry.

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