Cal performances presents:

Spectrum Dance Theater:

RAP on RACE

at Oakland Metro Operahouse

Time: 8:00pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 7:00pm     Ages: All Ages    
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Spectrum Dance Theater
Rap on Race

Co-created by director/choreographer Donald Byrd
and actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith
Julie Briskman, Margaret Mead, Donald Byrd, James Baldwin

A Rap on Race combines text with movement and music to communicate the complexities of talking about race, at a time when that conversation is as necessary as ever.

FRI, FEB 9, 8PM
SAT, FEB 10, 2PM & 8PM
OAKLAND METRO OPERAHOUSE

Co-created by director/choreographer Donald Byrd
and actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith
Kathryn Van Meter, Margaret Mead
Donald Byrd, James Baldwin

Nearly 50 years ago, two towering public figures—African-American author James Baldwin and white anthropologist Margaret Mead—sat together and recorded an epic and intimate seven-and-a-half-hour conversation about race in America. Now, visionary choreographer Donald Byrd and renowned playwright Anna Deavere Smith collaborate to bring that conversation into the present moment, in a new dance-theater work performed by Byrd's acclaimed Spectrum Dance Theater. A Rap on Race, named after the book published from a transcript of that meeting, combines text with movement and music to communicate the complexities of talking about race, at a time when that conversation is as necessary as ever. "It evokes a whole roiling nation caught in the cobwebs of history..." (Seattle Times).

The running time is expected to be approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes with no intermission.

The presentation of Spectrum Dance Theater was made possible by 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.

Cal Performances presentations in Oakland are generously underwritten by Signature Development Group.