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Dancer in From Haiti, Seeks to Awaken Interest in Ballet
Dancer in From Haiti, Seeks to Awaken Interest in Ballet
TitleDancer in From Haiti, Seeks to Awaken Interest in Ballet
CreatorYoung-Megahy, Consuelo
DescriptionArticle about Dunham's ballet embracing the lives of various Haitian heroes and her research in Haiti
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Place WrittenChicago, IL
Date(s)ca. 1936
Subjects -peopleDunham, Katherine ; Still, William Grant (composer) ; Jostem, Werner (composer) ; Kiesler, Frederick (designer) ; Stone, Bentley (premier of Chicago Civic Opera)
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B102_F02_03
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Dancer In From Haiti, Seeks |
To Awaken Interest In Ballet If
By Consurlo 1 ounE-Megaby
In the late fall of 1936, or more as'juiedh in the early winter of 1937 at Howard university, Kath¬ erine Dunham w ill presaftt to not¬ ed anthropologists sociologists, and exponents of the dance, a ballet embracing m tneme the lives of the Haitian heroes Christophe, Tous lint LOuierture and Dessa-
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express. Even to an unskilled con- yl seiousneSs, she exudes a finely Ji wrought sensitiveness, a crytic depth tl peculiar to eeriius impatient of its :f! power but f 1 v e'rded md ex [c ¦ ¦ th iti \ s 01 \V
unfoitmale so M si f Dunham that no c. s a tpoctacie '[ than the Ballet Ru ae wa"; needed If to rei\ at en Amei ct Io a pir ti al f and c Ihet i apprecialiin of the (}, da. ce
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dance fund^ mentals of pii mitu e people Coliaboi ing uilh her ale William Grant Still, noted com¬ poser in Holly¬ wood; Werner Jo stem, German composed with the Philadelphia P h i 1 h 8 r- monic Sympho¬ ny; Frederick Kiesler. design¬ er for the Metropolitan Opera com¬ pany; and Bentley Stone, Premier of the Chicago Civic Opera, under hom she is stiU studying. Preceding this collective produc¬ tion, she will open in the fail joint studio q.uarters with Ludmila Sper- id Vera Mirova, formerly of the Russian Ballet. A :itals will follow.
To Publish Book 'The Maroon People, " soon to go press, is an analytic and histi
" a free, invincible and reputedly ferocious tribe of peo¬ ple with whom Miss Dunham lived and spent a great portion of her time while on a Rosenwald re¬ search and travel fellowship in the ^est Indies. This and several ar- icles constitute an initial effort in ;r chosen field, and are being /aited as authoritative documents scientific dance development. There is about this young wom- tremendous vitality, an anxious ofness, rhythmic with the fuH- s of the motif it wishes most to
pitiable that
l'i- ii-, h rh thm conscious is among
th last to liecome dance co iscious
Af tPi w atching Miss Di n lam nd h(.r group the lattei statement is rleaih llu-^fidted Thtir giice dnd fantas\ of moieme it are ¦^o bea i tifiil thej appeal almost cphemei rai m contia'it with tiome of the di-toited machinat w \ h ii tuda\ ua"-' under the banner of dance These repeatet per\eitea ir fnc tions lei d themseUe': moie fiimh io the errant social stigma attached to this timeless art.
'But, " explains Miss Dunham, am sure, as are all my sponsors, that further study and exploitation of jnaterlals found in other gr races will raise the dance tic as well as scientific levels, and that these principles when suffi ciently grounded can be applied t the dance developments of the fu¬ ture. To this end are all my studies research and travel directed, '' she continued.
Sees AH Existence Af, Dance ' "There is no more articulate index into the character of a p^ple, their sorrows, joys, struggles, successes, than a study of their folklore, mu¬ sic, and dance. Primitively speak¬ ing, existence is but a subtle, con¬ sistent rhythmic timing of moods racially interwoven at cross-esc- tions, dependent upon balanced, pul¬ sating absorption into the whole for perfect expression.
"Children then cannot be intro¬ duced too early to an art whose un¬ derlying principles suggest all that is poise, balance and beauty; whose initial expression is the right step in the right time, "a siignificarlt philosophy so transferable to cv- ¦ryday life, " Upon the importance of this. Miss Dunham remarks,
'For three years now I have had under my supervision a group of little children 3\i years to 4. I have been working on the prin¬ ciple that the child is an individuaV, ' and can be guided to expression; without being forced, '
"Just as the dance is the most tal factor in primitive society toward equalizing and adjusting of personalities, so the dance, proper¬ ly introduced and directed into the of'children of our urban so¬ ciety will strengthen and enrich their esthetic and spiritual appre¬ ciation." It is no wonder then, with so uch to be achieved, she finds it )t in her makeup to encourage tarrying mood, but works on in- issantly, driven by that indescrib¬ able urge which directs and envi¬ sions all her moves.
Original Formatarticle
Original dimensions (cm.)26 x 11
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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