Saturday, January 13

Spectrum Dance Theater presents A Rap on Race

Music & Movement Series, Ordway Music Theater

In 1970, two towering personalities of the American intelligentsia, black author and social critic James Baldwin and white anthropologist Margaret Mead, sat together and recorded a conversation on what is a defining subject of the American experience—race. Now, more than 40 years later, two contemporary artistic icons, Anna Deavere Smith and legendary choreographer Donald Byrd, re-imagine this monumental moment in history into a genre-obliterating evening of “theater for the 21st Century.”


Ordway Pre-Show Extra

Saturday, January 13, 2018
6:30PM | Target Atrium

Arrive early for a discussion on racial justice in the arts moderated by Robin Hickman, CEO and Executive Producer of SoulTouch Productions, featuring Threads Dance Project Artistic/Executive Director Karen L. Charles and Threads dancers performing excerpts of their acclaimed work, The Secrets of Slave Songs; Dr. Taiyon J. Coleman, Assistant Professor of English Literature, St. Catherine University; and Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, CEO of Minnesota Council of Churches.


Post-Show Talkback & Mingle

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Post-show | Target Atrium

After each Dance Series performance, audiences are invited to join dance company members for a 20 minute Q&A Talkback and a post-show mingle in the Target Atrium with the artists, including cash bar!


Community Engagement Spotlight

December 4-7, 2017

Special thank you to our Collaborators for making the special advance visit by Spectrum Dance’s Executive Artistic Director Donald Byrd and company members Nia-Amina Minor and Andrew Pontius a success. Part of the Taking Our Place Centerstage initiative, in partnership with SoulTouch Productions and Threads Dance Project, we have engaged more than 2,200 youth and adults through a series of conversations, showings, in-school visits and classes that illuminated the interconnectedness of dance and racial identity through personal narrative and collective experience. For more details, visit our Community Programs page.


Community Engagement Spotlight

Sunday, March 4, 2018
2:00PM | Target Atrium

Join us for Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences (Part 15: DANCE + SOCIAL JUSTICE), a free participatory lecture and panel discussion with speakers Karen L. Charles, Ananya Chatterjea, Deneane Richburg, Patrick Scully, and Arwen Wilder. For more information, visit our event page.


The presentation of Spectrum Dance Theater’s A Rap on Race was 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.


Generous support for the Music & Movement Series is provided by the Scrooby Foundation.