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Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham

New York's Carnegie Hall was filled to capacity on the night of January 15, 1979, when Katharine Dunham (b. 1910 - d. 2006 ) was presented with that year's Albert Schweitzer Music Award "for a life's work dedicated to music and devoted to humanity." The night was billed as "A Katharine Dunham Gala," and three generations of Katherine Dunham dancers and musicians performed some of the works of the dancer, choreographer, and scholar who revolutionized American dance by going to the anthropological roots of black dance and ritual and transforming them into a significant artistic choreography that spoke to all. This pioneer in the use of folk and ethnic choreography, considered one of the founders of the anthropological dance movement, is a woman who understood dance, with its roots, images, and implications.

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