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Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora

Joanna Dee Das


Katherine Dunham (1909–2006) was one of the twentieth century’s most important dance artists. As an African American woman, she broke several barriers of race and gender, most notably as the founder of a dance company that toured the world for several decades. She was also one of the first choreographers to conduct anthropological research and then translate her findings for the theatrical stage. Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora makes the argument that Dunham was not only a dancer but also an intellectual and activist who influenced the long black freedom struggle on an interna ... More

Keywords: Katherine Dunham, dance, choreography, African diaspora, black freedom struggle, Civil Rights Movement, Haiti, East St. Louis, anthropology, activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190264871
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264871.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Dee Das, author
Assistant Professor of Dance, Washington University - St. Louis