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Katherine Dunham, a legendary artist at 96, has traveled the world as a dancer, founded several dance companies and schools, pioneered the discipline of dance anthropology, developed a unique movement technique, fought segregation, and written short stories and nonfiction. The many facets of her creative life are illuminated in this anthology of essays, interviews, programs, reviews, photographs, short stories and autobiographical material. Some of the most compelling entries are written by Dunham herself, including excerpts from her unpublished memoir, "Minefields," which describes her development as an artist and her struggles against racism, poverty and debilitating arthritis. As glamorous as she was talented, Dunham rubbed shoulders with Igor Stravinsky, George Balanchine (in the groundbreaking Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky) and Langston Hughes, yet was equally enthralled by the Afro-Caribbean dancers she studied. The myriad achievements of Dunham, whose dance company was one of the first African-American troupes to tour internationally, and the efforts to preserve her legacy are examined by an illustrious list of dancers, critics and scholars. Clark and Johnson, both academics at the University of California, have assembled an informative and entertaining resource. (Mar. 1)
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*Starred Review* Katherine Dunham is polymorphous: a trailblazing dancer, choreographer, anthropologist, educator, and activist. Dunham describes her origins as polygenetic: her mother's French Canadian family included European, Russian Jewish, Indian, and black relatives, whereas her father traced his roots to Madagascar. By inheritance and inclination, Dunham's life has been creative, cosmopolitan, and complex. Born in Chicago in 1909, Dunham navigated a difficult childhood, earned her PhD in anthropology at the University of Chicago, and secured fellowships to study Caribbean dance. She founded one of the first African American ballet companies, which toured all over the world, and she collaborated with George Balanchine. Dunham's many endeavors and attributes are discerningly displayed and interpreted in this generous and dazzling collection. Here are excerpts from Dunham's elegantly composed books; her brilliant manifestos on the communal, aesthetic, and spiritual dimensions of dance; and electrifying, never-before-published swathes of autobiography. Interviews and essays by critics and scholars explicate Dunham's highly influential work and social activism. Kaiso!, a calypsonian expression of admiration, perfectly captures the enthusiasm and gratitude readers will feel as they immerse themselves in all things Dunham. Donna Seaman
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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Dance History
  • Paperback: 718 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (January 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299212742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299212742
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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