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posted Friday, November 10, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 45
Spectrum Dance Theater announces 2017/18 Season
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Spectrum Dance Theater announces 2017/18 Season

BRINGING IT HOME:
An intimate sharing of performance and process, formal and informal


In the 2017/18 Season BRINGING IT HOME, Donald Byrd and the Spectrum Company invite the audience to explore the liminal 'space' where creativity and work come to life in an intimate setting with all performances taking place at the company's historic home, the Madrona Bathhouse Studios (800 Lake Washington Blvd.).

'This is the place where the work is envisioned, created, choreographed and rehearsed,' states Artistic Director Donald Byrd. 'The place where creativity, exploration, risk-taking, emotions, insights, and discoveries happens. It is a liminal space, full of possibilities and varying degrees of disruption.' Spectrum Dance Theater's 2017/2018 Season entitled BRINGING IT HOME explores this 'space' in a series of Showings, Workshop Productions, and Performances. 'The decision to bring it home was obvious,' states Byrd. 'After two seasons of mainstage productions we all missed the intimacy of our studio series where the audience feels like an integral player in the work.'

True to its mission, social justice continues to be a throughline throughout the season - with a two part-series entitled 'DANCING TOWARDS A MORE JUST AND EQUITABLE AMERICA' consisting of both 'OCCURRENCE' and the world premiere workshop presentation of 'H.R.3244,' which looks at the human trafficking epidemic in the United States today. The season also includes an extensive US tour of Spectrum's 2016 work 'A Rap On Race' (based on the historic conversation about race between Margaret Mead and James Baldwin), and artist residencies at numerous universities including Western Washington University and the University of Puget Sound. The season closes with a special engagement featuring guest artist Beth Corning performing alongside Donald Byrd. 'Beth is a wonderful dance maker/performance artist whose work has not been in Seattle. It will be a rare treat for Seattle dance and theater goers to see her perform in such an intimate setting and an incredible way to end the season,' states Byrd.

FALL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: OCT-DEC 2017

OCCURRENCE:

DANCING TOWARDS A MORE JUST AND EQUITABLE AMERICA, pt. 1

Spectrum continues its focus on social justice and equity and the ongoing exploration of the varied theatrical forms and formats that exploration might take. From a 'theater of disruption,' a genre of artistic work that uses dance, text, fiction, music, mise-en-scène, sound, voice, documentary/facts/information, media, and speculation to engage audiences in issues that are difficult and intractable; to abstract dance works whose imagery, tone, and mood evoke unexpected emotional connections to the issues of the day.

OCCURRENCE (modeled on the Merce Cunningham EVENT, described as 'presented without intermission&consist[ing] of complete dances, excerpts of dances from the repertory, and often new sequences arranged for [a] particular performance and place, with the possibility of several separate activities happening all at the same time.')

FRI, OCT 20TH | 7:30PM (program #1) performance complete; FRI, NOV 10TH and 11th* | 7:30PM (program #2); FRI, NOV 17TH and 18th* | 7:30PM (program #3)

IOLANTA
Spectrum Dance Theater and Donald Byrd continue their exploration of this dance adaptation of the Tchaikovsky's opera IOLANTA in this work-in process/workshop production. This is exploration stage 2 of a 3-stage process leading up to the anticipated large-scale WORLD PREMIERE in the SPRING OF 2019.

This work brings the Company and the students of the School together in a haunting fairytale about a blind princess who does not know she is blind. Living in a beautiful, isolated, and secluded garden, surrounded by faithful servants and removed from society, she is shielded from anything that might cause her to discover her blindness. Love is the catalyst that begins her journey from darkness to light and to happiness. This is an all ages presentation.

THU, DEC 14TH | 8:00PM; FRI, DEC 15TH | 8:00PM; SAT, DEC 16TH | 8:00PM; SUN, DEC 17TH | 2:00PM

SPRING SCHEDULE: MAY 2018

H.R.3244:

DANCING TOWARDS A MORE JUST AND EQUITABLE AMERICA, pt. 2

Sixteen years into the 21st century, the degrading institution of slavery continues to exist throughout the world. But today it has a new name - Human Trafficking. Trafficking in persons is a modern form of slavery and it is the largest manifestation of slavery today. Trafficking in persons is no less brutal or morally repugnant than the historical slavery suffered by people of African descent here in America. This new work will seek to create some awareness of this issue and its scope, and in particular to draw parallels to historical black slavery here in the United States. It will alert us to the grim reality that human trafficking occurs not just in far off countries and foreign lands, but here in the U.S. as well.

THU, MAY 3| 8:00PM; FRI MAY 4 | 8:00PM; SAT MAY 5 | 8:00PM; SUN MAY 6| 2:00PM; THU MAY 10 | 8:00PM; FRI MAY 11| 8:00PM; SAT MAY 12| 8:00PM; SUN MAY 13| 2:00PM

WHAT'S MISSING
Exploring aspects of perspective, WHAT'S MISSING is a timely work created collaboratively between Beth Corning, known for her provocative dance theater works, and award-winning choreographer and performer Donald Byrd. This full evening work was originally created for Corning's critically acclaimed GLUE FACTORY PROJECT series in Pittsburgh, PA. A series that presents original full evening length dance theater works created with nationally and internationally acclaimed performers over the age of 40. This work was choreographed and developed in tandem, combining these long time friends and colleagues' own unique voices and movement styles to the work.

The work's structure is the repetition of a series of solos and duets with thematic movement patterns. Each time the sequence is presented to the audience at a different angle. The audience is invited to break apart from the person they have come to the show with, in order for them to experience the information from separate and different viewpoints, in an attempt to highlight the issue of alternate facts in today's political culture. 'WHAT'S MISSING may, in fact, be the most clear-eyed, and most despairing, artistic response to last year's election that I've seen to date,' Wendy Arons of the Pittsburgh Tatler.

THU MAY 17 | 8:00PM; FRI MAY 18| 8:00PM; SAT MAY 19| 8:00PM

TICKETS:
All Tickets are $20; All Performances are at Spectrum Dance Theater's Madrona Bathhouse (800 Lake Washington Blvd.). SEATING IS LIMITED: advanced purchase highly recommended. To Purchase Tickets visit Spectrumdance.org or call 206.325.4161

US TOUR SCHEDULE: JAN-FEB 2018

A RAP ON RACE

Omaha Performing Arts at the Orpheum Theater // Omaha, NE // January 9

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts // Saint Paul, MN // January 13

Newman Center for the Performing Arts // Denver, CO // January 26

Cal Performance, University of California Berkeley // Berkeley, CA // February 9-10

SOCIAL:
Facebook.com/SpectrumDance; Twitter.com/SpectrumDT; Instagram.com/SeattleRep

#SpectrumBringingItHome; #SpectrumOccurrence; #SpectrumIOLANTA; #SpectrumHR3244; #WhatsMissing; #SpectrumByrdCorning

ABOUT SPECTRUM DANCE THEATER
Under Donald Byrd's artistic leadership since 2002, Spectrum Dance Theater has become the foremost contemporary modern dance organization in the Pacific Northwest, gaining recognition nationally and abroad. For over thirty years, Spectrum Dance Theater has brought dance of the highest merit to a diverse community working to make dance accessible to all through contemporary dance performances and high quality dance training in a variety of dance styles. Three components comprise the organization: the professional Company, the School and Outreach programs. With Donald Byrd's visionary artistic leadership, the organization has embarked on an exhilarating transformation that has attracted world class dancers, produced some of the most avant-garde works in contemporary dance, and generated local and national praise. www.spectrumdance.org

Spectrum Dance Theater's 2017/18 Season is sponsored in part by Raisbeck Fund for Live Music, Tricia Stromberg Professional Dancers Fund, 4 Culture, ArtsFund, City of Arts and Culture, and Laird Patterson.

Courtesy of Spectrum Dance Theater

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