Spectrum Dance Theater Presents
A Rap on Race
in association with Seattle Repertory Theatre
part of Spectrum's 2015/16 #RACEish Season
Groundbreaking new work by
TONY Nominated and Bessie Award Winner Director/Choreographer: Donald Byrd
Pulitzer Nominated and MacArthur Award Winner Actress/Playwright: Anna Deavere Smith
World Premiere Dance Theater Production
May 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 2016
This exciting new work centers on the ground-breaking 1970 recorded conversation on race between writer James Baldwin and anthropologist Margaret Mead. Byrd and Deavere Smith will use various renditions of the conversation between these two singular 20th Century voices to explore virtuosity, tonality, rhythm. These artistic icons, Byrd and Deavere Smith, will "suss out" the text for signs of its "virtues." Through an investigation of movement, text, and music, A Rap on Race will excavate new meaning from the cultural artifact and that will enliven the current conversation around racial and cultural equality.
A Rap on Race is a creative inquiry on the role that race and ethnicity plays in our society. It is a quest for a new kind of theatre where movement, dance, text, imagery, music, and sound co-exist to create an experience that nudges, prods, entices, seduces, and provokes the feeling and intellect of the spectator – a theater of mind, senses, and soul.
- Run time is approximately one hour and 20 minutes with no intermission.