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Joliet Girl Directs Ballet Which Opens Tonight in Chicago
Joliet Girl Directs Ballet Which Opens Tonight in Chicago
TitleJoliet Girl Directs Ballet Which Opens Tonight in Chicago
DescriptionArticle about Dunham's participation in the Federal Theater project and her career overall - who she studied with, her work in the West Indies, positive reviews in the Chicago papers; also mentions her brother's accomplishments
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceSpectator
Place WrittenJoliet, IL
Date(s)1938-01-27
Subjects -titlesBallet Fedre
Subjects -peopleDunham, Katherine ; Ochsner, Berta ; Graff, Kurt ; Graff, Grace ; Stone, Bentley ; Page, Ruth ; Mirova, Vera ; Speranzeva, Ludmilla ; Kreutzberg, Harold
Other topicsWest Indies
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B102_F04_01
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TranscriptJoliet Girl Directs Ballet Which Opens Tonight in Chicago
Misa Katherine Dunham, a for¬ mer Joliet resident, ia director of a dance group which will present part of the Ballet Fedre at the Great Northern theatre in Chicago opening tonight.
The performance, which Is under the auspices of the Federal The¬ ater project, will be given nightly at the Great Northern for the next two weeks. Misa Dunham ia as¬ sociated in the undertaking with auch well known dancera as Berta Ochsner and Kurt and Grace Graff.
Miss Dunham waa educated in Joliet and Chicago, graduating from the Joliet Township High school in 1926 and from Junior College in 1928. She obtained her bachelor's degree in the depart¬ ment of anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1936 and is now studying for her master's at Northwestern.
After studying dancing with such well known people as Bent¬ ley Stone and Ruth Page of the Chicago Civic Opera. Vera Mirova and Ludmilla Speranzeva of the Russian Ballet, and Harold Kreutz- berg. Miss Dunham opened a stu- lio of her own. She has appear- ¦ - "-flcitals naany times in Chl- at the opera htvase
in 1934 when she danced the lead¬ ing role in a ballet.
Studied in Indies
One of the moat striking achievements of thia young col¬ ored woman waa her work in th West Indies where she spent ft year in 1935 and 1936 on a, fellowship from the University of Chicago. During this time she compiled a study of the native dances of that country, us¬ ing records and learning the danc¬ es herself. A recital utilizing the material gathered in this research attracted widespread comment in Chicago newspapers at the time.
Miss Dunham's parents, Mr, and Mrs. Albert M. Dunham, live at ¦ 112 S. Johet street. Their son. Albert Dunham, has also received recognition for his teaching and writing on philosophy. He ia, like his sister, a product of Joliet schools and obtained his doctor's degree at the University of Chi¬ cago when he was only twenty- seven. He Is the youngest man and the only Negro ever to pub¬ lish an article in the Journal of Philosophy.
Original Formatarticle
Original dimensions (cm.)17 x 12
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
LanguageEnglish
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