Friday, March 03, 2006

Women's History Month, Katherine Dunham

Women's History Month, Katherine Dunham. Katherine Dunham, dancer, half-length portrait, facing slightly right, seated at table, eating / World Telegram and Sun photo by Herman Hiller. CALL NUMBER: NYWTS - BIOG--Dunham, Katherine--Dancer [item] [P and P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-DIG-ppmsca-05794 (digital file from original photo), No known copyright restriction. For information see "New York World-Telegram.

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Digital ID: ppmsca 05794 Source: digital file from original photo Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-05794 (digital file from original photo) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Retrieve higher resolution JPEG version (117 kilobytes)

MEDIUM: 1 photographic print. CREATED, PUBLISHED: 1963. CREATOR: Hiller, Herman, photographer.

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Katherine Dunham, dancer, REPRODUCTION NUMBER:  LC-DIG-ppmsca-05794, Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

NOTES: Title devised by Library staff. NYWT and S staff photograph. Date stamped on verso: Oct 17 1963. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

PART OF: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress), REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, DIGITAL ID: (digital file from original photo) ppmsca 05794 , CARD #: 2004672531

Katherine Dunham, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Katherine Dunham (born 22 June 1910) in Chicago, USA is a dancer, choreographer, songwriter who was trained as an anthropologist. Known for her many innovations, the Dunham Technique is now taught as a modern dance style in dance schools, including at the Harkness Dance Center of the 92nd Street Y. Dunham is considered a leader in modern dance.

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Dunham studied both dance and anthropology while an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Chicago during the 1930s. She showed great promise in her ethnographic studies of dance and studied under the great anthropologists of the day, Robert Redfield, A.R. Radcliffe-Brown, Edward Sapir, and Bronislaw Malinowski. In 1936, she was awarded a Rosenwald Travel Fellowship to conduct ethnographic study of the Vodun in the West Indies, a path also followed by fellow anthropology student, Zora Neale Hurston [1]. While working on her masters, she was told by her advisors that she had to choose between anthropology and dance. Much to their regret, she chose dance, left her graduate studies before finishing her doctorate, and departed for Hollywood, where she made a number of films before forming her own company.

The Katherine Dunham Company, a troupe of dancers, singers, actors and musicians, was the first African American modern dance company. The company toured worldwide and in the then segregated South, where Ms. Dunham once refused to hold a show after finding out that the city’s black residents had not been allowed to buy tickets for the performance.

Dunham later directed the Katherine Dunham School of Dance in New York City and was an artist-in-residence at Southern Illinois University. Dunham is also known for her anthropological work in studies into Haitian and Caribbean culture.

In 1967, Dunham opened the Performing Arts Training Center (PATC) in East St. Louis, Illinois as an attempt to use the arts to combat poverty and urban unrest. The PATC drew on former members of Dunham's touring company as well as local residents for its teaching staff.

In 1989, Dunham was awarded a National Medal of Arts, an honor shared by only two other University of Chicago alumni, Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.

Dunham has her own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Dunham was married to producer John Thomas Pratt"

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1 comment:

Edward M. said...

Hi, I saw your post seaching technorati tags. I thought I should let you know that Katherine Dunham passed away over the weekend. I posted a short bit with several links to major new publications reports on my blog at,

Its wonderful to see that you shared her lifes events with your readers.

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