- Guest Artist
A Rap on Race enlivens the current conversation around race and equity, mixing dance and theatre to create a fully original, groundbreaking artistic work based on an iconic 1970 conversation about race between two towering personalities who had never met before—novelist and social critic James Baldwin and the famed anthropologist Margaret Mead. Co-created by award-winning director/choreographer Donald Byrd and Pulitzer-nominated actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Undergrads attend for FREE, click for more info.
MONDAY OCT 8 | FREE Lecture | 7pm | LU Art Gallery | Donald Byrd, Spectrum Dance Theater’s Artistic Director, presents Using Art for Social Impact | Byrd is a TONY-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer. From 1978 – 2002, he was artistic director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured extensively, both nationally and internationally. He has created over 100 modern and contemporary dance works for his own groups as well as for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), among others; has choreographed for classical companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Aterballetto, MaggioDanza diFirenze, and Oregon Ballet Theater.