Modern Dance/live music

Spectrum Dance Theater, Donald Byrd, Artistic Director

The Theater of Needless Talents

This provocative work, directed and choreographed by Donald Byrd, melds modern dance, theatrical vignettes, and cabaret with a live musical score by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff, who died during the Holocaust. This moving piece pays homage to the Jewish artists who, though imprisoned in Nazi death camps, managed to create, perform, and bringlaughter and hope to themselves and fellow inmates.

“Entertainment in extremis … the serious business of the human spirit expressing itself in a tune, a tango, or a subversive turn of phrase under the worst of circumstances.”
—The Seattle Times

Donald Byrd Blog

See video excerpts from the performance at the Redfern along with the many outreach activities that happened at on the KSC campus and in the community.

Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.
Main Theatre
$25 - $13, $5 KSC studentsbuy

This performance is a collaboration with the Keene State College Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism.
This performance, sponsored by The Kingsbury Fund, was also made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.