Saturday, January 13, 2018

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

Join us one hour before the show for the Ordway Extra to learn about the evening’s performance genre(s) and topics through lecture, dialogue, or demonstration of an art form during this 30-minute pre-show event. The speakers are primarily Twin Cities-based and have expertise on the evening’s topics, connecting the touring performance to the local art scene.


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

Through the Taking Our Place Centerstage initiative, SoulTouch Productions, the Ordway, and Threads Dance Project (TDP) will illuminate the interconnectedness of dance and racial identity through personal narrative and collective experience.  Join TDP Artistic/Executive Director Karen Charles and Spectrum Dance Theater Artistic Director Donald Byrd in a series of conversations, showings, and classes focused on this topic at Lundstrum Performing Arts. More details to come; check back soon.


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 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.