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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Katherine Dunham.

Author: Katherine Dunham; Julieanna L Richardson; Paul Bieschke; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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Choreographer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham was born on June 22, 1909, in Chicago, Illinois. Her father was African American, while Dunham's mother was French-Canadian. Dunham became interested in dance at an early age but she did not seriously pursue a dance career until she was a student at the University of Chicago. Dunham began to study the African roots of dance and, in 1935, traveled to the Caribbean for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Katherine Dunham; Katherine Dunham
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Dunham; Julieanna L Richardson; Paul Bieschke; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1003150020
Credits: Videographer, Paul Bieschke.
Performer(s): Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
New York, New York
2000 December 17.
Description: 1 online resource (9 video files (2 hr., 5 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with Katherine Dunham
Katherine Dunham

Abstract:

Choreographer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham was born on June 22, 1909, in Chicago, Illinois. Her father was African American, while Dunham's mother was French-Canadian. Dunham became interested in dance at an early age but she did not seriously pursue a dance career until she was a student at the University of Chicago. Dunham began to study the African roots of dance and, in 1935, traveled to the Caribbean for field research. She returned to the United States in 1936, informed by new methods of movement and expression that she incorporated into techniques that transformed the world of dance. In 1940, she formed the Katherine Dunham Dance Company. Called the “Matriarch of Black Dance,” her groundbreaking repertoire combined innovative interpretations of Caribbean dances, traditional ballet, African rituals and African American rhythms to create the Dunham Technique. Katherine Dunham passed away on May 21, 2006 at age 96.

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