Katherine dunham: dancing a life founder of the first self-supporting african american dance company, dunham relied on her fieldwork as an anthropologist to. Life science physical science dunham, katherine dŭn dunham brought african and caribbean dance to the attention of the public and exerted tremendous. March 8 international women's day a lioness does not need to roar to keep the crowd in awe (africa) katherine dunham as a child who yearned to be a dancer, i was familiar with katherine dunham and her school of cultural arts. Get this from a library katherine dunham : dancing a life [joyce aschenbrenner] -- from the publisher: throughout the better part of the twentieth century and in performance halls, classrooms, and communities throughout the world, katherine dunham's remarkable career can be traced. For this week's #womanofinterest, we'll be looking into the life of american dancer, choreographer, author, educator and social activist katherine dunham.
Katherine dunham: katherine dunham, american dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist noted for her innovative interpretations of ritualistic and ethnic dances. Katherine dunham not only significantly contributed to the rise of modern dance, but she was also a pioneer in the field of dance anthropology and a staunch political and social activist dunham was born in chicago, illinois and primarily raised in nearby joliet, illinois dunham first became. The new school montessori cincinnati she described her technique as a way of life katherine dunham - anthropologist, dancer, choreographer, activist, and.
Books by and about katherine dunham katherine dunham dancing a life african american dance company, dunham relied on her fieldwork as an anthropologist to. Born katherine mary dunham, june 22, 1909, in chicago, il died may 21, 2006, in new york, ny dancer, choreographer, and educator known as the matriarch of black dance, katherine dunham, in the 1930s, founded the first major black modern dance company in the united states her troupe's work. American dancer and choreographer, katherine dunham, was best known for her groundbreaking choreography based on african american, caribbean, west african and south american sources as a young dancer and student at the university of chicago, she became interested in anthropology and eventually pursued studies in both dance and anthropology. In 1950, sol hurok presented katherine dunham and her company in a dance revue at the broadway theater in new york, with a program composed of some of dunham's best works it closed after only thirty-eight performances, and the company soon thereafter embarked on a tour of venues in south america, europe, and north africa.
Katherine dunham, a modern-dance legend who blazed trails as choreographer and performer, activist and teacher, died sunday at an assisted-living home in new york a recipient of the national. Katherine dunham was a rebel among rebels unlike other modern dance creators who eschewed classical ballet, dunham embraced it as a foundation for her technique but what set her work even further apart from martha graham and josé limón was her fusion of that foundation with afro-caribbean styles. Katherine dunham was an american dancer and choreographer, credited to have brought the influence of africa and the caribbean into american dance this biography provides information about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.
(katherine, dunham, dancing a life, 2002) it has been said that an idol is someone whom everyone looks up to because of the great things they accomplished throughout their life span acknowledged as an african american dancer, choreographer, anthropologist, civil activist and writer. Katherine dunham, with archie savage, in her work carnival of rhythm, 1941 dunham's choreography drew on her study of caribbean and african dance, and she had important artistic collaborations with percussionists who accompanied her performances and classes. That woman is katherine dunham, who devoted much of the last four decades of her life to the people of east st louis born in chicago in 1909, dunham soon discovered a love for dance that would shape the rest of her life. Katherine dunham, the dancer, choreographer, teacher and anthropologist whose pioneering work introduced much of the black heritage in dance to the stage, died sunday at her home in manhattan she.
Katherine dunham is reputed as a choreographer, dancer, and performer who was a leading light in the african-american development of modern dance she is noted for cross-cultural performances she is noted for cross-cultural performances. Thus began katherine dunham's mission: to elevate the dance culture of the black diaspora to, develop a technique that will be as important to the white man as the negro, dunham says in. At a time when african americans were still battling blatant racism, she ran her own katherine dunham dance company, a self-supported organization that performed for decades family life she married john pratt, a theatrical designer, who worked with her in 1938 at the chicago federal theatre project and became her artistic partner. Throughout the better part of the twentieth century, and in performance halls, classrooms, and communities throughout the world, the wellspring of katherine dunham's remarkable career can be traced to the intersection of dance, culture, and society.
Katherine dunham (1909-2006) was a world-renowned choreographer who broke many barriers of race and gender, most notably as an african american woman whose dance company toured the united states, latin america, europe, asia, and australia for several decades. Whatever else katherine dunham was in her long and productive life, which ended on sunday at 96, she was a radiantly beautiful woman whose warmth and sense of self spread like honey on the paths. 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. Katherine dunham introduced african and caribbean rhythms to modern dance the schools she created helped train such notables as alvin ailey and jerome robbins in the dunham technique death.
Dunham turned anthropology into artistry field work in caribbean inspired pioneering dance career of katherine dunham, phb'36 by carrie golus, courtesy of the university of chicago magazine. The exhibit opening of katherine dunham: a life of dance, activism and anthropology was held friday, april 27 at the southern illinois university edwardsville east st louis center (eslc) the renowned dancer, anthropologist, and social activist founded the performing arts training center. Katherine dunham is probably best known as a legendary dancer who propelled the awareness of the cultures of the african diaspora via her choreography.