The Minstrel Show Revisited
This production is a reworking of Artistic Director Donald Byrd's award winning 1991 production The Minstrel Show - a satirical look at the often derogatory song-and-dance tradition of minstrelsy.
With traditional and popular music from the minstrelsy period by Scott Joplin and Stephen Foster, this updated show for the Company's 2013/4 season also includes original music from renowned composer Mio Morales.
Byrd, in a January 1992 Los Angeles Times interview, said his motivation in creating the original work was "not to authentically or historically recreate minstrel shows, but to make something that has a feeling of minstrel shows and is structured somewhat like them with more contemporary sensibility."
In The Minstrel Show Revisited, he writes, "while the racially-motivated slaying of Yusef Hawkins was the impetus for the creation of the original piece, in light of the recent Trayvon Martin slaying and George Zimmerman acquittal it seems necessary and timely to revisit it."
This production is part of Spectrum Dance Theater's 2013-4 "America: Sex, Race & Religion" season, exploring three quintessential preoccupations of the American psyche.
Presented in collaboration with Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Running time: approx 2 hours including an intermission
Age suitability: we recommend this show for audiences aged 14 years and above.
About the Company
Spectrum Dance Theater produces and presents contemporary dance of global caliber that challenges expectations and calls forth strong emotions, deep feelings and thoughtful responses.
Under Donald Byrd's visionary artistic leadership since 2002, the Company has embarked on an exhilarating transformation, attracting world-class dancers, producing some of the most ambitious works in contemporary dance, and generating local, national and international praise.
Find out more at www.spectrumdance.org.
Images: Nate Watters
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
201 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
|Minimum Age: 14|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|