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October 12 – 13, 2018  ·  Zellerbach Theatre  ·  AC Presents
Runtime: 90 minutes

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.

Please note, all patrons arriving after the show has started will be seated in the back. There is no late seating after 10 minutes from the start of the performance.

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


Insights Events

Friday, October 12:
Stay after the performance for a post-show talk with choreographer Donald Byrd and the company. This discussion will be led by Rhonda Moore, a dance professor at Temple's Boyer College of Music and Dance and founding member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Artist Information
Program Notes [PDF]

Also See

NextMove Dance
The 18/19 dance series is presented by Annenberg Center Live and NextMove Dance.

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