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Spectrum Dance Theater

Flynn Center presents

Spectrum Dance Theater A Rap on Race

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  • Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8:00 PM


“An 11 on a 10-point scale.” —Seattle Weekly

In 1970, writer James Baldwin and anthropologist Margaret Mead recorded a conversation on the defining subject of the American experience: race. Using this conversation as its centerpiece, choreographer Donald Byrd—who founded Seattle-based Spectrum Dance Theater and plays Baldwin in the piece— teamed with playwright Anna Deveare Smith to craft a theater of the mind, senses, and soul. Spectrum explores these singular 20th century thinkers to inform the current conversation around racial and cultural equity. Spectrum is composed of artists from diverse backgrounds and makes world-class dance accessible to all audiences.

Pre-show: dj cRAIG mITCHELL spins records in the gallery starting at 7 pm. Come early, have a drink, and dance!

Post-show Q & A: Choreographer Donald Byrd leads a conversation around Spectrum Dance Theater's performance.

Presented in association with the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity, and Multicultural Affairs through the UVM President’s Initiative for Diversity.

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Hospitality support from Windjammer Inn and Conference Center.

Funded in part by the Flynn's Fund for Dance, started with a lead gift from Andrea Rogers. Funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit The presentation of Spectrum Dance Theater is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is a NPN/VAN Partner of the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN/VAN Artist Engagement Fund. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information visit Supported in part by the Surdna Foundation. Presented in association with the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs through the UVM President's Initiative for Diversity. Programming is supported by the Flynn endowment, Andrea’s Legacy Fund, and Everybody Belongs Fund.

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