The Minstrel Show Revisited confronts past and present manifestations of racism in America

Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater ignites audiences through the ambitious agenda of Artistic Director Donald Byrd, whose provocative and critically acclaimed The Minstrel Show Revisited is a critique of the 19th Century black-faced entertainment genre whose legacy is still felt today and continues to play a significant role in black stereotyping.

With each new iteration of Spectrum Dance Theater's The Minstrel Show, which originally premiered in 1991, Byrd includes current and topical race issues and events to further stimulate dialogue, like the Ferguson shooting and the assassination of two NYPD officers. This performance includes a free community discussion on Tuesday, November 3, as well as a Q&A session with Donald Byrd immediately following the performance.

Rene Castro, Texas Performing Arts

Each year, Texas Performing Arts offers a diverse season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation, and during the past 30 years has presented such world-class artists as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Victor Borge, Nina Simone, Ornette Coleman, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Van Morrison, Philip Glass, Ella Fitzgerald, and The English National Opera.