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Donald Byrd in The Minstrel Show Revisited.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Donald Byrd and Spectrum Dance Theater – The Minstrel Show Revisited – New York

The central conceit is unchanged; Byrd riffs on the format of the minstrel show, a revue-style entertainment that predated vaudeville and included dancing, low comedy, variety acts. White actors performed in blackface, creating broad parodies of what they perceived as African American archetypes…

Davon Doane and Ashley Murphy in Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Theatre of Harlem – 45th Anniversary Season at Lincoln Center – New York

The task Johnson faces is complicated, full of potential pit-falls. In these early seasons she is working to define the company’s character, while helping the dancers to hone their classical training and shine as individuals.

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