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Sunday Dinner with Donald Byrd - December 8

Updated: Jan 26, 2020

Sunday, December 8 | 1:30-4PM

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

(104 17th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98122) TICKETS General $20 / Students $10 / TeenTix $5 (available at the door)

We want everyone to be able to join us at the table.

Back by Popular Demand, SUNDAY DINNER hosted by Season Curator DANI TIRRELL with guest Donald Byrd.

Each month we are bringing the community together for food and conversation, as we celebrate some of the most inspirational Black folx in Arts and Culture. We will enjoy food catered by some of Seattle's most sought after and talented Black chefs.

Catering by Jemil's Big Easy.

Doors open at 1:30PM.

ABOUT FEATURED GUEST DONALD BYRD: Mr. Byrd, a TONY nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer, became Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in December 2002. From 1978 2002, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured extensively, both nationally and internationally. He has created over 100 modern and contemporary dance works for his own groups as well as for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), among others; has choreographed for classical companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Aterballetto, MaggioDanza di Firenze, and Oregon Ballet Theater.


Dani Tirrell (Seattle, WA) is A Black, Queer choreographer, dancer, and movement guide. Dani has guided people in Detroit and Seattle, as well as sharing movement practices in other cities in the United States. Currently, Dani is the curator for the 2019/2020 season of Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas; this is Dani's second season as curator. Dani is the host and co-creator of Sunday Dinners, and served as the student advisor for the Arts Diversity Council at University of Washington (Seattle campus).

Dani is the founder and current artistic director of The Congregation, a movement/art collective that is led by mostly Black and Queer bodies. Dani is currently teaching at Northwest Tap Connection and University of Washington Seattle campus and Bothell campus (fall 2019). Dani has created work for Dance This (Northwest Tap Connection), Strictly Seattle (advanced/professional track), and Seattle Repertory Theater's Nina Simone Four Women (Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton).

Dani also was at the helm of four sold-out shows for Dani's production of Black Bois (On the Boards). In 2019, Dani was the recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship Award and a Dance Crush Award for Black Bois (performance). Dani also received a 2018 Arts Matter Fellowship grant. Dani's current work FagGod, in collaboration with Anastasia Renee and Naa Akua, was presented in Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas' 2019/2020 season.


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