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JULY 29 | 8PM - 10PM

Detroit Dance Theatre (DDT) is a collaborative performance project created by BAIRA MVMNT PHLOSPHY and Motor City Street Dance Academy. The initiative connects movement artists for cultural exchange of dance, performance, and life practices.

This first season of DDT brings together Jerwaun 'Renegade' Suddun, Brother(hood) Dance!, Jessica Rajko, and Shaina and Bryan Baira to create an original dance-theatre performance. Join us at the Music Hall Amphitheater for live DJ and cypher, local artisan vendors and the coming together of KRUMP, Afro-Contemporary Dance, Haptics Design and Physical Dance Theatre in Downtown Detroit. 


Jerwaun Suddun, born and raised on the Eastside of Detroit and better known as ‘Renegade’, is the leader of the Michigan Krump Movement [ @DirtyGloveBvck]. As a leader for evolution and elevation, his goal is to give the City of Detroit and State of Michigan access to a new form of expression as well as a clear and historical understanding of Krump. Violence plagued where Jerwaun grew up and his love for Krump kept him alive. It has saved his life as well as thousands of others around the world. And he’s hoping to do his part in continuing this salvation through this art form. 

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BAIRA is a Detroit based dance-theatre company under the direction of Shaina and Bryan Baira, currently artists-in-residence at The Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts and Wayne State University. The two create and share their choreographic work through live performance, dance film and immersive-virtual-reality experiences and have taught and performed in Colombia, South Korea, Turkey, Tajikistan, Armenia, Haiti, Israel, Italy the UK, Belgium, and through the USA. In partnership with artistic collaborators and institutions they create socially conscious community events and projects to cultivate awareness and dialogue around the limitless potential of the human experience.

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Brother(hood) Dance! is the 2020 Bessies Honoree of the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies for Afro/Solo/Man. They are an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio- political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same- gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century. Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 as a duo that researches, creates and performs dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine.

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Jessica Rajko is an assistant professor at Wayne State University in dance and big data analytics. Her creative research and critical scholarship explores the politics, aesthetics, and ethics of cultivating methodological plurality and generative tension between dance and computing fields. Jessica has presented her research at Harvard’s Digital Futures Consortium, UPenn’s Price Lab for Digital Humanities, and University of New Mexico’s ART Lab. She’s presented interactive/performative artworks at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Electronic Literature Organization Conference, Amsterdam’s OT301, Currents New Media Festival, and the Heard Museum.

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Association for Theatre in
Higher Education

Thursday, July 28 | 10AM

The artists of Detroit Dance Theatre 2022 will present a round table discussion as part of the Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference - Rehearsing the Possible: Practicing Reparative Creativity. They will reflect on the process and intention of creating this work, delving into the cultural, personal and artistic vulnerabilities of creating this collaborative performance experience.


Detroit Dance Theatre is made possible by The Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. This season of DDT is also supported through a production residency at the The Andy and is made possible through generous support from the Rise and Shine Fund, The Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Motor City Street Dance Academy.