Choreographing the Folk: The Dance Stagings of Zora Neale Hurston

Choreographing the Folk: The Dance Stagings of Zora Neale Hurston

by Anthea Kraut
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816647119

ISBN-13: 9780816647118

Pub. Date: 10/10/2008

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

While Zora Neale Hurston and her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God have become widely celebrated, she was also a prolific stage director and choreographer. In the 1930s Hurston produced theatrical concerts that depicted a day in the life of a railroad work camp in Florida and featured a rousing Bahamian Fire Dance as the dramatic finale. In Choreographing the

Overview

While Zora Neale Hurston and her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God have become widely celebrated, she was also a prolific stage director and choreographer. In the 1930s Hurston produced theatrical concerts that depicted a day in the life of a railroad work camp in Florida and featured a rousing Bahamian Fire Dance as the dramatic finale. In Choreographing the Folk, Anthea Kraut traces the significance and influence of Hurston's little-known choreographic work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816647118
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
10/10/2008
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,038,592
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface ix Introduction: Rediscovering Hurston's Embodied Representations of the Folk 1
1 Commercialization and the Folk 25
2 Chreography and the Folk 53
3 Producing The Great Day 91
4 Hurston's Embodied Theory of the Folk 119
5 Interpreting the Fire Dance 145
6 Black Authenticity, White Artistry 173 Coda: Hurston's Choreographic Legacy 213 Acknowledgments 219 Appendix A Chronology of Known Performances by Hurston and the Bahamian Dancers 223 Appendix B Known Members of the Bahamian Dancers between 1932 and 1936 227 Notes 229 Index 291

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