Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be

Lecture with Thomas F. DeFrantz

Saturday, October 12, 2019
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Location
Frye Auditorium

Exhibition curator Thomas F. DeFrantz discusses the storied and celebrated career of iconic choreographer Donald Byrd and his decades-long movement towards creating dance that explores the terms of social justice in the United States. Sharing moving-image materials and photographs from the current Frye Museum show, as well as rarely-seen archival materials, DeFrantz will provide an overview to the artistic craft of one of America’s most influential dance artists.

About the Presenter


Thomas F. DeFrantz is Professor of Dance at Duke University and specializes in African diaspora aesthetics, dance historiography, and the intersections of dance and technology. He is co-editor of Black Performance Theory: An Anthology of Critical Readings (with Anita Gonzalez, Duke University Press, 2014) and editor of Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (Wisconsin University Press, 2002), which received the CHOICE award for Outstanding Academic Publication and the 2003 Errol Hill Award presenting by the American Society for Theater Research. He has published extensively, with his monograph Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American (Oxford University Press, 2004) receiving the 2004 de la Torre Bueno Prize for outstanding publication in Dance. He serves on various editorial boards and was recently President of the Society of Dance History Scholars (2011-2014). He has also produced and participated in many performance productions, and currently runs the research group SLIPPAGE at Duke University, a group that works to create innovative interfaces for the telling of alternative histories.


Donald Byrd in his choreographic work P-HP: Post-Holocaust Pop or Popular Dancing After the Bomb, 1983. Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; Photo © Johan Elbers.

REGISTRATION

Tickets to this program are free of charge, and our seating capacity is limited. Free tickets, limit 2 per person, may be reserved in advance, up to two days before the program. The reserved tickets may be picked up on the day of the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. There is no late seating, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program!

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TICKETING

On the day of the program, pre-registered and standby tickets may be picked up beginning one hour before the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.