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Spectrum Dance Theater

A Rap on Race

February 9–10, 2018

Co-created by director/choreographer Donald Byrd and actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith
Julie Briskman, Margaret Mead
Donald Byrd, James Baldwin

Choreographer Donald Byrd and playwright Anna Deavere Smith collaborate to bring the iconic 1970 conversation between novelist James Baldwin and anthropologist Margaret Mead into the present moment in a dance theater work. A Rap on Race, named after the book published from a transcript of that meeting, combines text with movement and music to communicate the complexities of talking about race.

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Pictured: Spectrum Dance Theater Company Dancers Alex Crozier and Madison Oliver​. Spectrum Dance Theater performs A Rap on Race Friday–Saturday, February 9–10, 2018.

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Pictured: Julie Briskman as Margaret Mead and Donald Byrd as James Baldwin, with Spectrum Dance Theater Company Dancers. Spectrum Dance Theater performs A Rap on Race Friday–Saturday, February 9–10, 2018.

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Pictured: Spectrum Dance Theater Company Dancer Alexis "Tilly" Evans-Krueger​. Spectrum Dance Theater performs A Rap on Race Friday–Saturday, February 9–10, 2018.

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Pictured: Spectrum Dance Theater Company Dancer Fausto Rivera​. Spectrum Dance Theater performs A Rap on Race Friday–Saturday, February 9–10, 2018.

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Pictured: Spectrum Dance Theater Company Dancers Jaclyn Wheatley and Davione Gordon. Spectrum Dance Theater performs A Rap on Race Friday–Saturday, February 9–10, 2018.

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