Past Performances

Spectrum Dance Theater | A Rap on Race  |  October 12-13

Nearly 50 years ago, two towering public figures, African-American author James Baldwin and white anthropologist Margaret Mead, sat together and recorded an epic and intimate seven-and-a-half-hour conversation about race in America. Now, choreographer Donald Byrd and playwright Anna Deavere Smith re-imagine that conversation in the present in A Rap on Race. This new dance-theater work combines text with movement and music to communicate the complexities of talking about race, at a time when that conversation is as necessary as ever.

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Circa  |  Humans  |  September 28-29

Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble

Ten highly-skilled acrobats, a bare stage and a stirring journey of what it means to be human. Australia’s bold, contemporary circus troupe, Circa returns to the Annenberg Center with the U.S. premiere of Humans, a tour de force about the power in physical and emotional strength. The “stunning athleticism and heart-stopping acrobatics in this innovative circus work” (ArtsHub) explore the expressive possibilities of the human body at its extremes.

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Jessica Lang  |  November 30 – December 1

“A master of visual composition” (Dance Magazine), Bucks County native Jessica Lang is a superstar in the dance world. Called “sophisticated and intelligent” (The Los Angeles Times) and “moving and masterful” (Chicago Sun-Times), Lang’s ballet-based yet contemporary-driven works are rich with stunning movement, compelling musicality and beautiful cinematic composition. In a program of critically acclaimed Philadelphia premieres, this company will transform how you experience dance.

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