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Katherine Dunham

Author : Joanna Dee Das
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 352 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2017-05-23
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780190264895

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One of the most important dance artists of the twentieth century, dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham (1909-2006) created works that thrilled audiences the world over. As an African American woman, she broke barriers of race and gender, most notably as the founder of an important dance company that toured the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia for several decades. Through both her company and her schools, she influenced generations of performers for years to come, from Alvin Ailey to Marlon Brando to Eartha Kitt. Dunham was also one of the first choreographers to conduct anthropological research about dance and translate her findings for the theatrical stage. Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora makes the argument that Dunham was more than a dancer-she was an intellectual and activist committed to using dance to fight for racial justice. Dunham saw dance as a tool of liberation, as a way for people of African descent to reclaim their history and forge a new future. She put her theories into motion not only through performance, but also through education, scholarship, travel, and choices about her own life. Author Joanna Dee Das examines how Dunham struggled to balance artistic dreams, personal desires, economic needs, and political commitments in the face of racism and sexism. The book analyzes Dunham's multiple spheres of engagement, assessing her dance performances as a form of black feminist protest while also presenting new material about her schools in New York and East St. Louis, her work in Haiti, and her network of interlocutors that included figures as diverse as ballet choreographer George Balanchine and Senegalese president Léopold Sédar Senghor. It traces Dunham's influence over the course of several decades from the New Negro Movement of the 1920s to the Black Power Movement of the late 1960s and beyond. By drawing on a vast, never-utilized trove of archival materials along with oral histories, choreographic analysis, and embodied research, Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora offers new insight about how this remarkable woman built political solidarity through the arts.

A Touch of Innocence

Author : Katherine Dunham
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Page : 324 pages
File Size : 50,5 Mb
Release : 1994-06
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0226171124

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An internationally known dancer, choreographer, and gifted anthropologist, Katherine Dunham was born to a black American tailor and a well-to-do French Canadian woman twenty years his senior. This book is Dunham's story of the chaos and conflict that entered her childhood after her mother's early death. In stark prose, she tells of growing up in both black and white households and of the divisions of race and class in Chicago that become the harsh realities of her young life. A riveting narrative of one girl's struggle to transcend the painful confusions of a family and culture in turmoil, Dunham's story is full of the clarity, candor, and intelligence that lifted her above her troubled beginnings. "A Touch of Innocence is an absorbing family chronicle written with a gift for physical detail sometimes too real for comfort. In quietly graphic prose the growing girl, the slightly older brother, the ambitious father and the kind stepmother are pictured in such human terms that when their lives get tied into harder and harder knots beyond their undoing, one can only continue to read helplessly as doom closes in upon the household."—Langston Hughes, New York Herald Tribune "A Touch of Innocence is one of the most extraordinary life stories I have ever read . . . . The content of this book is so heartbreaking that only the strongest artistic skills can keep it from leaking out into sobbing self-pity, but Katherine Dunham's art contains it, understands it and refuses to be overwhelmed by its terrors."—Elizabeth Janeway, New York Times "The first eighteen years of the famous dancer and choreographer's life are brought vividly to the reader in this first volume of her autobiography. She writes of what it is like to be a special, gifted young woman growing up in a racially mixed family in the American Middle West. A beautiful, touching and sometimes discomforting book."—Publishers Weekly "As writing it is honest, searing, graphic and touching, giving us a rather heartbreaking early view of the young American Negro who was later to make a name for herself as a dancer and choreographer."—Arthur Todd, Saturday Review

Kaiso!

Author : Katherine Dunham
Publisher : Univ of Wisconsin Press
Page : 724 pages
File Size : 46,7 Mb
Release : 2005
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0299212742

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This volume is a collection of writings by and about Katherine Dunham, the African American dancer, anthropologist and social activist. It includes articles, her essays on dance and anthropology and chapters from her volume of memoirs, 'Minefields'.

Island Possessed

Author : Katherine Dunham
Publisher : Doubleday
Page : 321 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 2012-05-16
Category : History
ISBN : 9780307819840

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Just as surely as Haiti is "possessed" by the gods and spirits of vaudun (voodoo), the island "possessed" Katherine Dunham when she first went there in 1936 to study dance and ritual. In this book, Dunham reveals how her anthropological research, her work in dance, and her fascination for the people and cults of Haiti worked their spell, catapulting her into experiences that she was often lucky to survive. Here Dunham tells how the island came to be possessed by the demons of voodoo and other cults imported from various parts of Africa, as well as by the deep class divisions, particularly between blacks and mulattos, and the political hatred still very much in evidence today. Full of the flare and suspense of immersion in a strange and enchanting culture, Island Possessed is also a pioneering work in the anthropology of dance and a fascinating document on Haitian politics and voodoo.

Katherine Dunham

Author : Barbara O'Connor
Publisher : Twenty-First Century Books
Page : 110 pages
File Size : 49,7 Mb
Release : 2000-01-01
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 1575053535

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A biography of Katherine Dunham, emphasizing her childhood, her love of anthropology and dance, and the creation of her unique dance style.

Dances of Haiti

Author : Katherine Dunham
Publisher : [Los Angeles, CA] : Center for Afro-American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Page : 112 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 1983
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173023422071

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Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham

Author : Hannah Durkin
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
Page : 413 pages
File Size : 54,7 Mb
Release : 2019-08-16
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780252051463

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Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham by Hannah Durkin Pdf

Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham were the two most acclaimed and commercially successful African American dancers of their era and among the first black women to enjoy international screen careers. Both also produced fascinating memoirs that provided vital insights into their artistic philosophies and choices. However, difficulties in accessing and categorizing their works on the screen and on the page have obscured their contributions to film and literature. Hannah Durkin investigates Baker and Dunham’s films and writings to shed new light on their legacies as transatlantic artists and civil rights figures. Their trailblazing dancing and choreography reflected a belief that they could use film to confront racist assumptions while also imagining—within significant confines—new aesthetic possibilities for black women. Their writings, meanwhile, revealed their creative process, engagement with criticism, and the ways each mediated cultural constructions of black women's identities. Durkin pays particular attention to the ways dancing bodies function as ever-changing signifiers and de-stabilizing transmitters of cultural identity. In addition, she offers an overdue appraisal of Baker and Dunham's places in cinematic and literary history.

Katherine Dunham

Author : Joyce Aschenbrenner
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
Page : 316 pages
File Size : 45,6 Mb
Release : 2002
Category : Choreographers
ISBN : 0252027590

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She believes that dancing involves the development of an entire person and that the rituals and traditions of dance are integral to the study of culture. Throughout her career she has been a living model of the socially responsible artist working to wet cultural appetites and combat social injustice. Building on Dunham's published memoirs. A Touch of Innocence and Island Possessed. Joyce Aschenbrenner's multifaceted portrait blends personal observations based on her own interactions with Dunham, archival documents, and interviews with Dunham's colleagues, students, and members of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company. Integrating these sources, Aschenbrenner characterizes the social, familial, and cultural environment of Dunham's upbringing and the intellectual and artistic community she embraced at the University of Chicago that laid the groundwork for her development as a dancer, anthropologist, and humanitarian.

S. Hurok Presents; A Memoir of the Dance World

Author : Sol Hurok
Publisher : Good Press
Page : 412 pages
File Size : 50,8 Mb
Release : 2023-07-10
Category : Fiction
ISBN : EAN:4066339524804

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"S. Hurok Presents; A Memoir of the Dance World" by Sol Hurok. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Katherine Dunham, a Biography

Author : Ruth Beckford
Publisher : New York : M. Dekker
Page : 198 pages
File Size : 42,9 Mb
Release : 1979
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : IND:30000053367672

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Katherine Dunham

Author : Darlene Donloe
Publisher : Holloway House Publishing
Page : 196 pages
File Size : 42,6 Mb
Release : 1993
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0870677756

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Katherine Dunham by Darlene Donloe Pdf

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Katherine Dunham's Journey to Accompong

Author : Katherine Dunham
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 174 pages
File Size : 53,8 Mb
Release : 2013-04
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 1258667843

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Embodying Liberation

Author : Dorothea Fischer-Hornung,Alison D. Goeller
Publisher : LIT Verlag Münster
Page : 164 pages
File Size : 53,9 Mb
Release : 2001
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : 3825844730

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Embodying Liberation by Dorothea Fischer-Hornung,Alison D. Goeller Pdf

A collection of essays concerning the black body in American dance, EmBODYing Liberation serves as an important contribution to the growing field of scholarship in African American dance, in particular the strategies used by individual artists to contest and liberate racialized stagings of the black body. The collection features special essays by Thomas DeFrantz and Brenda Dixon Gottschild, as well as an interview with Isaac Julien.

African-American Concert Dance

Author : John O. Perpener
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
Page : 354 pages
File Size : 41,6 Mb
Release : 2001
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0252026756

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African-American Concert Dance by John O. Perpener Pdf

Provides biographical and historical information on a group of African-American artists who worked during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s to legitimize dance of the African diaspora as a serious art form.

Modern Dance, Negro Dance

Author : Susan Manning
Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
Page : 332 pages
File Size : 50,9 Mb
Release : 2004
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : 0816637369

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Modern Dance, Negro Dance by Susan Manning Pdf

Two traditionally divided strains of American dance, Modern Dance and Negro Dance, are linked through photographs, reviews, film, and oral history, resulting in a unique view of the history of American dance.