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Author Das, Joanna Dee, author.

Title Katherine Dunham : dance and the African diaspora / Joanna Dee Das.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.


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Description xi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Occupation/field of activity: occ University and college faculty members lcdgt
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Becoming a New Negro in Chicago -- Finding a Politics of Diaspora in the Caribbean -- Aesthetics as Politics -- Race and Representation During World War II -- Rehearsal for Revolution : the Dunham School -- The Unofficial Ambassador of Diaspora : performing abroad -- Living Diaspora in Haiti and Senegal -- The Radical Humanist Meets the Black Power Revolution : Dunham in East St. Louis -- Epilogue : Dunham's Legacy.
Summary "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. 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 Leopold Sedar Senghor."--Provided by the publisher. Provided by publisher.
Subject Dunham, Katherine.
Dunham, Katherine. (OCoLC)fst00034303
Dunham, Katherine 1909-2006 (DE-588)119394219
Dancers -- United States -- Biography.
Women dancers -- United States -- Biography.
African American dancers -- Biography.
Anthropologists -- United States -- Biography.
African American anthropologists -- Biography.
African American anthropologists. (OCoLC)fst00799008
African American dancers. (OCoLC)fst00799133
Anthropologists. (OCoLC)fst00810184
Dancers. (OCoLC)fst00887581
Women dancers. (OCoLC)fst01177550
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
ISBN 9780190264871 (hardback)
019026487X (hardback)
9780190264901 (oxford scholarly online)
019026490X (oxford scholarly online)
Standard No. 40027280464

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