22/23 Performance Season
In HR 3244 Spectrum Dance Theater dramatizes this legislation – described below in the Congressional record:
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 is a federal statute passed into law in 2000 by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Clinton. The law was later reauthorized by Presidents Bush and Obama. It has the ability to authorize protections for undocumented immigrants who are victims of severe forms of trafficking and violence.
Set to a score that includes JS Bach Sonatas and Partitas, HR 3244 is Byrd’s response to the epidemic of human trafficking. It is as much an exploration of our internal responses to human exploitation as a representation of the tragedy of it’s victims. We are all diminished as long as this modern form of slavery exists. Byrd is anxious to bring this conversation to the theatre and will introduce the performance to audiences and participate in a post-performance conversation.
The 1937 poem and song of the same name by Abel Meeropol, made famous by the great jazz singer Billie Holiday, provides the narrative structure of choreographer Donald Byrd’s latest production. Strange Fruit tracks Byrd’s feelings as a response to lynching and plays out as a series of dance/theater vignettes.
This eagerly awaited world premiere uses as its jumping off point two works by two gay artists: David Wojnarowicz, a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist; and AIDS activist and playwright Brian Quirk. Utilizing the visceral protest-art performance style popular in the New York “down- town” art scene of the 90s, this two-part dance theater work is a hair-raising dramatic dance/theater work in response to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy and the ongoing aggression towards LBGTQ people.