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  • Film, Video
    Shango This clip was filmed on 16mm at the Studebaker Theater, Chicago by Ann Barzel in 1947.The film is a compilation of excepts from Tropical Revue and includes sections of Tropics; Son; Nañig; Choros #1; Haitian Roadside; Street Scene; Shango; L’Ag’Ya (Market Scene, Pas de Deux, Mazouk, Beguine, Charm Dance, Ag’ya fight, and the beginning of the death scene). The ag’ya fight is performed by...
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    Katherine Dunham on "Shango" In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
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    Shango A staged translation of a Vodun ritual, Shango premiered on 27 September 1945 as the finale to act 1 of Carib Song, "a musical play of the West Indies" that opened at the Adelphi Theater, New York. The author of the play, William Archibald, included the following note in the show's playbill: "The lives of West Indian natives often find expression in dances that,...
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    Charm Dance from "L'Ag'Ya" This clip was filmed on 16mm at the Studebaker Theater, Chicago by Ann Barzel in 1947.The film is a compilation of excepts from Tropical Revue and includes sections of Tropics; Son; Nañig; Choros #1; Haitian Roadside; Street Scene; Shango; L’Ag’Ya (Market Scene, Pas de Deux, Mazouk, Beguine, Charm Dance, Ag’ya fight, and the beginning of the death scene. The ag’ya fight is performed by...
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    Ag'Ya Fight from "L'Ag'Ya" This clip was filmed on 16mm at the Studebaker Theater, Chicago by Ann Barzel in 1947.The film is a compilation of excepts from Tropical Revue and includes sections of Tropics; Son; Nañig; Choros #1; Haitian Roadside; Street Scene; Shango; L’Ag’Ya (Market Scene, Pas de Deux, Mazouk, Beguine, Charm Dance, Ag’ya fight, and the beginning of the death scene. The ag’ya fight is performed by...
  • Film, Video
    Floyd's Guitar Blues Originally filmed in 1956 on 8mm, the film is a compilation of performance excerpts. The first set of works was filmed in close shots from a low angle at stage left; the second set is of wide shots filmed from the center of the auditorium. Close shots include sections of Tropics, Son, Rhumba Cerrada, Bel Congo, Choros #1, Island in the Sun, Washerwomen, Sube...
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    Katherine Dunham on her influence on American dance In a series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
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    Katherine Dunham on dance anthropology In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
  • Film, Video
    Katherine Dunham on her anthropological films In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
  • Film, Video
    Katherine Dunham on "L'Ag'Ya" In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
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    Katherine Dunham on "Mazouk" from "L'Ag'Ya" In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
  • Film, Video
    Katherine Dunham on need for Dunham Technique In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
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    Katherine Dunham on breathing in Dunham Technique In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
  • Film, Video
    Katherine Dunham on the Circle of Energy In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
  • Film, Video
    Katherine Dunham on the "pole through the body" in Dunham Technique In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
  • Film, Video
    Katherine Dunham on the hand in Dunham Technique In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
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    Katherine Dunham on positioning of the arm in Dunham Technique In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
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    Katherine Dunham on the use of the foot in Dunham Technique In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm...
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    Carib Song Billed as "A Musical Play of the West Indies in Two Acts and Thirteen Scenes," Carib Song opened on 27 September 1945 at the Adelphi Theater in New York. The playbill included the following credits: "Book by William Archibald. Music by Baldwin Bergersen. Lyrics by William Archibald. Book directed by Mary Hunter. Choreography by Katherine Dunham. Production staged by Katherine Dunham and Mary Hunter....
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    Rites de Passage As a trained anthropologist, Katherine Dunham was well aware of Arnold van Gennep's seminal study Les rites de passage (Paris, 1909). It was van Gennep who established the term rites de passage as the term anthropologists use to define the category of rituals that mark the passage of a person through the life cycle, from one stage to another over time, from one role...
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    Notes on Dunham's Work Top of page Skip to main content Library of Congress Search Everything Audio Recordings Books/Printed Material Films, Videos Legislation Manuscripts/Mixed Material Maps Notated Music Newspapers Periodicals Personal Narratives Photos, Prints, Drawings Software, E-Resources Web Archives
    • Date: 1938
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    Bal Nègre Katherine Dunham in "Bal Negre", 1946. Photographer, Vandamm Studio. Courtesy of Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. Katherine Dunham devised Bal Nègre as a revue to showcase her company of dancers, singers, and musicians. During a nine-month tour of the United States, the running order of numbers on the program changed frequently,...
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    Mambo Silvana Mangano and Katherine Dunham in the 1955 Paramount Pictures production of "Mambo." Courtesy of Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis. In 1954 Katherine Dunham and her company were in the cast of Mambo, an Italian-American film produced by Carlo Ponti and Dino de Laurentiis for Teatri della Farnesina, Rome, and Paramount Pictures, Hollywood. Directed by Robert Rossen, it has original music by Dave Gilbert,...
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    Barrelhouse Katherine Dunham in a c.1950s photograph of "Barrelhouse." Courtesy of Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Choreographed by Katherine Dunham in 1938, Barrelhouse (also known as Barrelhouse Blues and Florida Swamp Shimmy) is one of the first of what she would come to call her Americana works. Based on the Shimmy from the Florida Gulf Coast, Dunham once explained that...
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    Aida In the early 1960s Katherine Dunham was commissioned to provide choreography for a new production of Aida at New York's Metropolitan Opera. One of Giuseppe Verdi's greatest works and certainly one of the grandest of grand operas, Aida had its premiere at the Cairo Opera House on Christmas Eve 1871. It tells the story of a love triangle in ancient Egypt: Radames, a captain...