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Dancer Wants U.S. Subsidy to Go Abroad
Dancer Wants U.S. Subsidy to Go Abroad
TitleDancer Wants U.S. Subsidy to Go Abroad
CreatorHollywood (AP) article
DescriptionArticle touching briefly on several of Katherine Dunham's arguments for the benefits of dance as a representation of democracy and freedom abroad. Paraphrases from Dunham's arguments for funding for the arts briefly allude to dance being an "anti-communist weapon", useful in "selling" the U.S. Overseas. The article supports her points by giving evidence of her potential influence through routine contact, as a visiting performer, with foreign dignitaries and royalty. The author also highlights her academic credentials and reputation for being almost "too intellectual", which the author says Dunham is arguing might improve the European view on current U.S. treatment of Negroes in the higher education system. Testimonial to the effect of her anthropological work in Latin America and her ambassadorial influence at home and overseas is offered via a quote from an unnamed Brazilian government official who praises her highly. An interesting point is made toward the end of the article: that Dunham's troupe performances are not really moneymakers in most American nightclubs, because of the scale of her productions, which far exceeds the normal routine of one or two acts.
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceChicago Sun-Times
Place WrittenChicago, IL
Subjects -peoplePrince of Morocco ; Dunham, Katherine
Other topicsanti-communism ; dance ; Ciro's (Hollywood, CA) ; anthropology ; Latin American Folklore
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B103_F14_02
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Dancer Wants Subsidy To Go Abroad
HOLLYWOUD lAPi—D., nr Katlwrine LtunhATn wunH' The Slate I D-^panment ta Rubsidlze her (juupe
Hisa E-unham's torrid interpreta¬ tions of Caribtieaii folk dances have made her an International favorite. Three weeks ago ahe and her troupe were palacE gueala of the Prince of iCorncco In Caaablanta.
''How many other Americans, " ahel ^^ca, "lirt eitfn such an opportuni-| ty lo sell America?"
Katherine la a Chicago girl vrho' holds a Ph.B. degree from the TJnL-l veralty of Cbica|ro In anthropology. | She orten lectures at unlveraitlee her reicarch on Caiibbe&n folk! dancinj^ and peoplea.
In fai:l, one Hollywood cohLmnlatj friend warned me that she would] not ni&ke a good interview,
"She'a too Intellectual, " he lipped^ I "lo he quoted under n Hollywood dateline."
That ia precisely the reason Uisal X unhani would like to tour the world | under gvvemnient auspices
"Even Homc of the more educatedl Europeans are astounded to find| that there ia edutational opportu I7 in America for tJie Negro. T"rfl like to offset some of that faliieJ
Her research Into lAtln folklore Is ¦0 anthropologically thorough that aha conatanlCy la praised by ^the liatm peoples. A vlalting govern- menl official from BravJI watched her perform at Ciro's bight cluh hera and later told her In her drefia-[ lniri™n:
T can't begin to tell you how much you are dQing for my country with your dancing."
Shv feels Very strongly that danc- Ing ranks with the beat of the art mediutns in creating good will and understanding amDng jwoplea. Sub- Bidy ar not, she plana to continue her worldwide toura seUlng Arnerlcs | ¦nd Anicrlcans-
H€r current Stint at Clro'a Isn't He rxactly proflt-mahinfi. Moat night rt club budgets are geared to aingle or to double Bctp The Dunham troupe hag ^ 21 peuple ptim Irunkloada of t03-| tum* changes. L '
Original Formatarticle
Original dimensions (cm.)39 x 9
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Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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