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Join Spectrum Dance Theater and Executive Artistic Director Donald Byrd for the 2016/17 season, AMERICAN: Identity, Race, or Culture? Dive deeper into what Byrd calls a “theater of disruption,” and experience a kind of dance-theatre not being done anywhere else in the nation.

This highly anticipated season includes three world premiere productions, two collaborations with Seattle Repertory Theatre, and one common goal—to explore in unique and unexpected ways three intractable issues currently occupying the American consciousness: police shootings of unarmed black men, immigration, and violence against LGBTQ people. From these perspectives, we wonder what being an American means in today’s culture.

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SHOT is a dance/theatre work that centers around the alarming and continuous murder of black people by American law enforcement and its expanding power and authority supported by recent rulings by the Supreme Court. Visionary Choreographer/Director Donald Byrd’s piece will use dance, text, fiction, music, mise-en-scene, sound, voice, documentary facts, and media to engage audiences in issues that are difficult and intractable.

This performance will be held in the Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

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Rambunctious Iteration #3 – The Immigrants marks the return of the popular Rambunctious Series, this time focused on American classical composers who are American but not native born. This production will focus on immigrants coming from Mexico, the Middle East, Cuba, and China, places that America has sometimes been at odds with or that are part of the current debate on immigration. Choreography by Artistic Director Donald Byrd and music by live guest artists.

This performance will be held in the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.

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(IM)PULSE is a two-part dance/theatre work that will explore acts of violence perpetrated against gay and LGBTQ people in American society, and how the minds of those attacked often respond in unexpected ways. In this new work, Choreographer/Director Donald Byrd will explore two works by two gay artists (playwright Brian Quirk and famed artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz), examining the human impulse to recreate alternate realities when faced with truths that are too difficult to bear.

This performance will be held in the Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

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