Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance / Edition 1

Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance / Edition 1

by Thomas F. Defrantz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0299173143

ISBN-13: 9780299173142

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Few will dispute the profound influence that African American music and movement has had in American and world culture. Dancing Many Drums explores that influence through a groundbreaking collection of essays on African American dance history, theory, and practice. In so doing, it reevaluates "black" and "African American " as both racial

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Few will dispute the profound influence that African American music and movement has had in American and world culture. Dancing Many Drums explores that influence through a groundbreaking collection of essays on African American dance history, theory, and practice. In so doing, it reevaluates "black" and "African American " as both racial and dance categories. Abundantly illustrated, the volume includes images of a wide variety of dance forms and performers, from ring shouts, vaudeville, and social dances to professional dance companies and Hollywood movie dancing.

Bringing together issues of race, gender, politics, history, and dance, Dancing Many Drums ranges widely, including discussions of dance instruction songs, the blues aesthetic, and Katherine Dunham’s controversial ballet about lynching, Southland. In addition, there are two photo essays: the first on African dance in New York by noted dance photographer Mansa Mussa, and another on the 1934 "African opera," Kykunkor, or the Witch Woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299173142
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Studies in Dance History Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
366
Sales rank:
1,229,176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsxiii
African American Dance: A Complex History3
Part 1.Theory
1.Christian Conversion and the Challenge of Dance39
2.Dance and Identity Politics in American Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters, 1900-193559
3.Awkward Moves: Dance Lessons from the 1940s81
4.(Up) Staging the Primitive: Pearl Primus and "the Negro Problem" in American Dance105
Part 2.Practice
5.African Dance in New York City143
6.From "Messin' Around" to "Funky Western Civilization": The Rise and Fall of Dance Instruction Songs169
7."Moves on Top of Blues": Dianne McIntyre's Blues Aesthetic205
Part 3.History
8.Kykunkor, or the Witch Woman: An African Opera in America, 1934233
9.Between Two Eras: "Norton and Margot" in the Afro-American Entertainment World267
10.Katherine Dunham's Southland: Protest in the Face of Repression289
11.The New York Negro Ballet in Great Britain317
Contributors343
Index347

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