Spectrum Dance TheaterA Rap on Race

October 12 – 13, 2018  ·  Zellerbach Theatre

Philadelphia Premiere // Philadelphia Debut // Annenberg Center Debut

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, choreographer Donald Byrd and playwright Anna Deavere Smith re-imagine that conversation in the present in A Rap on Race. This new dance-theatre work 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.

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Single tickets will go on sale in July.


  • Friday, October 12 @ 8 PM
  • Saturday, October 13 @ 8 PM


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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.

Photo credit: Tino Tran