Seattle Times arts reporter Michael Upchurch shares these news items from the Seattle arts scene:
–Spectrum Dance Theater’s artistic director, Donald Byrd, has renewed his contract through 2017. The latest Spectrum season, marking his 10th year with the company, has been peppered with artistic triumphs (the debut of Byrd’s “A Meeting Place” and an intense revival of his “Theater of Needless Talents” among them) and some new adventures for the troupe, including a cross-country tour for “Talents” and an upcoming tour of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It’s good to know this key figure in Seattle contemporary dance is staying with us and getting the word out internationally on Seattle dance.
–Meanwhile, On the Boards – Seattle’s prime venue for experimental dance, theater and music – has won the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP). The award, which recognizes “quality, innovation and vision of program design, audience building and community involvement efforts,” is a national honor. OtB is in the middle of a stellar season, with shows by Mark Morris Dance Group (Mikhail Baryshnikov guest star) and Kidd Pivot among past visitors, and shows by She She Pop and Young Jean Lee on the way. Congratulations to the good people who work there.