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The Katherine Dunham Collection at the Library of Congress

Recently, the Library of Congress created the "I Hear American Singing" digital project in order to allow visitors the ability "to experience the diversity of American performing arts". One of its first online digital collections pays tribute to Katherine Dunham, who was born in Chicago in 1909 and is best known for incorporating Caribbean, African, and South American movement styles and themes into her ballets. Dunham is also well known for her anthropological explorations of dance, a lifelong passion that began with her studies at the University of Chicago in the late 1920s. While some digitized collections claim to be "multimedia" in their holdings, this particular collection truly lives up to this appellation. The very fine video clips contained within the archive allow visitors to watch interviews with Dunham, learn about her fieldwork, and watch excerpts from some of her many ballets, including Barrelhouse, L'Ag'Ya, and Shango. Users of this collection will also appreciate the introductory essays composed by Vicky J. Risner, who is the dance specialist for the music division of the Library of Congress.
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2004-11-04 12:26:31
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2004-11-29 15:37:34
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