The HistoryMakers video oral history with Katherine Dunham.

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 studen...

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Imprint:Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Description:1 online resource (9 video files (2 hr., 5 sec.)) : sound, color.
Language:English
Subject:Dunham, Katherine -- Interviews.
Dunham, Katherine.
African Americans -- Interviews.
African Americans.
Internet videos.
Interviews.
Nonfiction films.
Oral histories.
Oral histories.
Internet videos.
Nonfiction films.
Format: E-Resource Video
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11336454
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Varying Form of Title:History Makers video oral history with Katherine Dunham
Katherine Dunham
Other authors / contributors:Dunham, Katherine, interviewee.
Richardson, Julieanna L., interviewer.
Bieschke, Paul, director of photography.
HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection), production company.
Sound characteristics:digital
Digital file characteristics:video file
Notes:Videographer, Paul Bieschke.
Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Recorded New York, New York 2000 December 17.
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Summary: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.