Sunday, December 8th from 1:00 to 4:00pm join me in a conversation with Donald Byrd and with the talented Maina Albero on piano.
Sunday Dinner is a series we started last year that features creative artists and thinkers from our community in an interview format (think Oprah meets the Artist’s Studio) hosted by Dani Terrell
Tickets are just $20 / Students $10 / TeenTix $5 available at the door: https://sundaydinnerdonaldbyrd.bpt.me/
Sunday, December 8, 1:30pm-4pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
(104 17th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98122)
We want everyone to be able to join us at the table:
Location: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, in the Grand Hall with the talented Marina Albero on piano and myself on vocals to warm up the crowd for an intriguing conversation with the brilliant Donald Byrd the famous choreographer who started Spectrum Dance Academy and was nominated for a Tony for Color Purple on Broadway.
Donald Byrd’s career has been long and complex and his choreographic and theatrical interests are broad. The New York Times describes him as “a choreographer with multiple personalities … an unabashed eclectic.” It continues, “Yet he does more than hop like a magpie from style to style, taking any subject matter and imagery he finds along the way that strikes his fancy. His unruliness is accompanied by a love of order.” In the same article it states, “Mr. Byrd has repeatedly alluded to George Balanchine in his works. Balanchine was an unparalleled master of form. Yet he could also present haunting visions of chaos. Mr. Byrd, like him, is preoccupied with harmony and disruption.” To this point Donald Byrd is equally at home creating cool, abstract pure dance works such as his 2012 work LOVE set to the complete cello suites of Benjamin Britten and the 2011 Euclidean Space set to the music of Amon Tobin, virtuoso sound designer, and influential electronic music artist; to his theatrical narrative-driven pieces like the ‘carny’ Petruchska and storefront Miraculous Mandarin, his revisionist versions of iconic early 20th Century ballets. Yet he is also known for creating lovely valentines to 19th Century classical repertory including The Harlem Nutcracker (1996) and The Sleeping Beauty Notebook (2005). As well as imaginative choreographic tributes to jazz legends and composers including In A Different Light (2000) set to the lesser-known piece of Duke Ellington, Burlesque (2002) created to early recordings of Louis Armstrong, and Jazz Train (1998) to commissioned scores by Vernon Reid, Geri Allen, and the late great Max Roach. These works along with The Harlem Nutcracker with its score by Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn and David Berger were critical and audience successes and toured extensively.