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Best of 'Weekday': Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity and Donald Byrd on Dance

Marcie Sillman
10/14/2009 at 9:00 a.m.

"All children are born artists. The problem is to remain artists as we grow up," says Sir Ken Robinson, an international expert on creativity. In honor of the pledge drive, we replay a clip from his popular appearance on "Weekday."

Also, the Spectrum Dance Theater hosts the Byrd Retrospective Festival. The three week festival celebrates the life and work artistic director, Donald Byrd. Byrd regularly provokes audiences by incorporating race and social issues into contemporary dance. The acclaimed dancer and choreographer reworked "The Nutcracker" into "The Harlem Nutcracker," and ran his own dance company for almost 25 years. Join us as we celebrate the history of dance with Donald Byrd.

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The Byrd Retrospective Festival is playing at the Madrona Dance Studio through October 25.


Sir Ken Robinson is a creativity expert looking at how we educate our children. He is the author of "Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative and the Arts in Schools." He was previously a professor of arts education at the University of Warwick. He led Britain's advisory committee on creative and cultural education in 1998. Five years later, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his achievements in creativity, education and the arts. His new book is "The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything."

Donald Byrd is the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle. Before that, he was the artistic director of his own contemporary dance company, which ran from 1978 to 2002. He has danced with Twyla Tharp, Karole Armitage and Gus Solomons Jr., to name a few. He has created over 80 works, and is well–known for reworking The Nutcracker into "The Harlem Nutcracker." He is helping choreograph Motown classic hits for The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and is working on a musical version of "The Color Purple."

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