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Spectrum Dance Sets ‘Mandarin’ In Windows Overlooking Hing Hay

Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater is no stranger to a little bit of controversy, but anyone who’s been following Byrd since he tore through the New York dance world in the late ’80s and early ’90s is probably slightly less than surprised to hear that, and if the reports on Spectrum’s new piece, a revival of Byrd’s 2006 The Miraculous Mandarin, are accurate, he seems to have done it again, this time setting the piece in the windows of the defunct Hanil Garden Restaurant, which overlook Hing Hay Park. Apparently, it’s the story of a pack of drug addicts and a hooker, which is maybe not the most standard subject matter for a dance company but is, assuredly, the sort of thing that will likely look pretty tremendous in big, backlit windows overlooking a park as the sun sets. And it’s free.(Come on, it’s spring. Bare that pasty flesh.) (FULL ARTICLE: Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times)