- Katherine Dunham The world famous Mixed-Race dancer, choreographer, professor, advisor, author and civil rights activist. [Image: see descriptive informationMessage 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2006View Source
The world famous Mixed-Race dancer, choreographer,
professor, advisor, author and civil rights activist.
A few early studio still-shots of a young Katherine Dunham ~~~
A few facts on Dunham:
*** Dunham's dance company toured
internationally from the 1940s to the '60s,
---- visiting 57 nations on six continents.
A Picture of Katherine Dunham & some of her younger students ^^
*** Her success was won in the face of widespread
discrimination, a struggle Dunham championed by
refusing to perform at segregated theaters.
*** For her endeavors, Dunham received 10 honorary doctorates,
the Presidential Medal of the Arts, the Albert Schweitzer Prize
at the Kennedy Center Honors, and membership in the French
Legion of Honor, as well as major honors from Brazil and Haiti .
*** "She is one of the very small handful of the most important
people in the dance world of the 20th century," said Bonnie Brooks,
chairman of the dance department at Columbia College in Chicago .
"And that's not even mentioning her work in civil rights,
anthropological research and for humanity in general."
*** Dunham's New York studio attracted illustrious students
like Marlon Brando and James Dean who came to learn the
"Dunham Technique," which Dunham herself explained as
"more than just dance or bodily executions.
It is about movement, forms, love, hate,
death, life, all human emotions."
*** She set up an eclectic compound of artists from
around the globe, including Harry Belafonte.
*** Dunham was married to theater designer John
Thomas Pratt for 49 years before his death in 1986.
Katherine Dunham and husband John Pratt ^*^:
*** Dunham made headlines in 1992 when (at age 83)
she went on a 47-day hunger strike to protest
U.S. policy that repatriated Haitian refugees.
The Quick Facts on Katherine Dunham
- Studied at the University of Chicago
- Merged Interest in Anthropology and Dance
- Lived in the Caribbean; Studied `dance' there
- Brought African Movement (in the form of what came to be
known as `The Dunham Technique') to American Modern Dance
- Performed on Broadway
- Was a Civil and Human Rights Activist
- Was honored by the Kennedy Center
A Tribute to Katherine Dunham
A Timeline of Katherine Dunham's Life & Art
Click following link for more facts on the amazing life of Katherine Dunham
The Dunham Collection: A View of Katherine
Dunham's Life and Her Art Over the Years
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