26 Jan 2018

Spectrum Dance Theater

Friday | Jan 26, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.Buy Tickets


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 arguably the defining subject of the American experience – race. Now over 40 years later, two contemporary artistic icons Anna Deavere Smith (best known for her documentary theater style in plays such as “Fires in the Mirror” and “Twilight: Los Angeles”) and legendary choreographer Donald Byrd (Tony-nominated and Bessie Award-winning Director/ Choreographer) re-imagine this monumental moment in history into a genre- obliterating evening of “theater for the 21st century.” In this groundbreaking production featuring the world-renowned dancers of Spectrum Dance Theater, actress Julie Briskman as Mead and Donald Byrd as Baldwin, “A Rap on Race” excavates the truths buried in the facts of this cultural artifact.



Made possible in part by:
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
Grynberg Family Endowment for Dance Programming
L. Roger and Meredith Hutson
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
The Denver Post         Porter Adventist Hospital     Hyatt Place