Choreographer Donald Byrd.

Choreographer Donald Byrd.

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KUOW Public Radio/Megan Farmer

For decades now, the choreographer Donald Byrd has used dance to illuminate what it means to be black in America.

Byrd is the artistic director of the Spectrum Dance Company in Seattle. Sometimes his work is gentle; more often, though, his dances are bracing and arresting.

As he approaches his 70th birthday, Donald Byrd still relentlessly uses his art to provoke conversations about fairness, justice and racism.

 

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