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Donald Byrd

 

Bio:
Donald Byrd has been the artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater, a dance company and school based in Seattle, since 2002. (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2005]
Choreographer

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LaChanze & Donald Byrd

From: 
Date:
05/18/2006


Donald Byrd (Choreographer)

From: 
Date:
10/12/2005

 

Stage

Productions

Choreographer

Donald Byrd Biography

Donald Byrd has been the artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater, a dance company and school based in Seattle, since 2002.

Donald Byrd Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2006 - Best Choreography
Donald Byrd, The Color Purple

Donald Byrd News

Chris McCarrell & Elizabeth Parkinson Join SUPERYOU Carnegie Hall Concerts Photo Chris McCarrell & Elizabeth Parkinson Join SUPERYOU Carnegie Hall Concerts
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 29, 2022

The anthemic rock musical SuperYou by Lourds Lane has announced full casting for the viral sensation’s Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall concert debut on July 20 and 21, 2022. Chris McCarrell (The Lightning Thief) and Tony Award nominee and Astaire Award winner Elizabeth Parkinson (Movin’ Out) complete the cast of Broadway and Off-Broadway stars.

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater Announce July 2022 Schedule Photo Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater Announce July 2022 Schedule
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 28, 2022

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this July with a full slate of nightly performances! At Birdland Jazz Club, catch Jay Leonhardt and John Weber Duo, Remy LeBeouf Assembly of Shadows Orchestra and more. Birdland Theater will present Tony DeSare, Maurizio Spista Organ Trio and more.

Blue Note Records Announces 'Blue Note Re:imagined II' Photo Blue Note Records Announces 'Blue Note Re:imagined II'
by Michael Major - Jun 8, 2022

The first track to be released is South London vocalist Ego Ella May’s reimagining of visionary drummer Chico Hamilton’s “The Morning Side Of Love,” which first appeared on Hamilton’s 1975 Blue Note album Peregrinations. Mirroring the understated, laid-back groove of the original while showcasing Ella May’s arresting vocals.

Nashville Ballet Announces 2022-23 Season Photo Nashville Ballet Announces 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jun 7, 2022

Featuring star-studded collaborations and blockbuster fan-favorites, the robust repertoire includes the return of the magical production that inspired the Emmy Award-winning film, Nashville’s Nutcracker, Paul Vasterling’s sparkling rendition of Cinderella, world-premiere works by Tony and Emmy award-winning choreographers, plus brand-new live musical collaborations with the Nashville Symphony, Nashville locals Morgxn and Allison Russell, and international violin prodigy Yvette Kraft. 

The Django to Welcome Today's Premier Swing Band, 15+ Vocalists, and Hot Latin Tuesda Photo The Django to Welcome Today's Premier Swing Band, 15+ Vocalists, and Hot Latin Tuesday Nights This Summer
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 6, 2022

THE DJANGO will bring another month of stellar jazz by some of the field’s heroes alongside young, emerging artists.

South Chicago Dance Theatre Announces Five World Premieres Celebrating Five Year Anni Photo South Chicago Dance Theatre Announces Five World Premieres Celebrating Five Year Anniversary
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 20, 2022

South Chicago Dance Theatre, a multicultural organization that fuses classical and contemporary dance styles while preserving historic dance work, has announced An Evening with the South Chicago Dance Theatre: Celebrating Five Years, featuring five world premieres by five dynamic choreographers— Ron De Jesús, Stephanie Martinez, Crystal Michelle, Wade Schaaf and Kia S. Smith.

New Season Of Bronx Music Hall Plaza Performances Starts This Weekend Photo New Season Of Bronx Music Hall Plaza Performances Starts This Weekend
by Stephi Wild - Apr 19, 2022

The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) will kick off its 2022 season of performances on the plaza outside the Bronx Music Hall (438 East 163rd Street) with a special event called “Bronx Rising!: Be-Bop, Mambo and the Beat Poets” on Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 PM.

PEAK Performances to Present US Debut of Familie Flöz's HOTEL PARADISO Photo PEAK Performances to Present US Debut of Familie Flöz's HOTEL PARADISO
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 8, 2022

PEAK Performances at Montclair State University will present Familie Flöz’s Hotel Paradiso, May 5–8, rescheduled from 2020 and, for the first time ever, bringing the Berlin-based mask theater company’s gorgeously peculiar and awe-inspiring vision to U.S. audiences.

PEAK Performances to Present US Premiere of SMASHED2 Photo PEAK Performances to Present US Premiere of SMASHED2
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 7, 2022

In Gandini Juggling’s hit Smashed, which made its US Premiere at PEAK Performances, the manipulation of forbidden fruit shrewdly explored the strained relations between seven men and two women—and kindly flayed traditions of juggling and circus.

Kennedy Center to Present REFRAMING THE NARRATIVE Photo Kennedy Center to Present REFRAMING THE NARRATIVE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 31, 2022

In the spirit of Sankofa, in order to understand our present and ensure our future, we must know our past. Through Reframing the Narrative, June 14–19 with seven performances on the Opera House stage, the weeklong programming highlights and recognizes the extensive contribution of Black voices in ballet.

Donald Byrd Videos

Sefi Zisling Releases 'Expanse' LP via Tru Thoughts VideoSefi Zisling Releases 'Expanse' LP via Tru Thoughts
by Abigail Charpentier - Nov 22, 2019

Tel Aviv trumpeter Sefi Zisling releases his sophomore album, Expanse today via Tru Thoughts. Building on his debut LP Beyond The Things I Know, released on Raw Tapes – Tel Aviv's leading collective, and championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music), Stamp The Wax, Toshio Matsuura (Worldwide FM), NTS, FIP, Radio Nova, Twistedsoul – Expanse is fronted by lead-single “Happy Solar Return ft. Kutiman”, a nine-minute afro-beat voyage and “Flip Mode” a free-funk Sun Ra homage. The project so far has garnered support from Bandcamp Weekly, Cerys Matthews (BBC 6Music), Jazziz, Worldwide FM, Music is My Sanctuary, KCRW, KEXP, Ruth Fisher, Tim Garcia (Jazz FM), Twistedsoul, alongside playlist support from 'Spotify's State of Jazz'.

'Flip Mode' from Sefi Zisling's Upcoming Album Out Now Video'Flip Mode' from Sefi Zisling's Upcoming Album Out Now
by Abigail Charpentier - Oct 30, 2019

“Flip Mode” is the second-single from Sefi Zisling's sophomore album Expanse – out Nov 22 via Tru Thoughts. Inspired by Sun Ra's use of abstract melodies on the jazz-fusion classic Lanquidity – “Flip Mode” embraces the free-funk, creating a distinctive groove that allows the track to stand out from the rest of the record. 

VIDEO: Judith Jamison and Ailey Dancers Appear at TEDx for REVELATIONS FROM OF A LIFE VideoVIDEO: Judith Jamison and Ailey Dancers Appear at TEDx for REVELATIONS FROM OF A LIFETIME IN DANCE
by Stage Tube - Oct 11, 2019

Judith Jamison and members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater appear at TEDx for REVELATIONS FROM OF A LIFETIME IN DANCE.

James Carter to Release Blue Note Debut on August 30 VideoJames Carter to Release Blue Note Debut on August 30
by Kaitlin Milligan - Aug 2, 2019

On August 30, saxophone master James Carter will release his Blue Note Records debut James Carter Organ Trio: Live From Newport Jazz, a thrilling live performance of Carter's imaginative soul jazz reinvention of Django Reinhardt that was captured at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival. 


Donald Byrd Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Donald Byrd been nominated for?
Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for The Color Purple .