Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance

Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance

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Overview

Founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) and the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, Joan Myers Brown's personal and professional histories reflect both the hardships and the accomplishments of African Americans in the artistic and social developments through the twentieth century and into the new millennium. Dixon Gottschild deftly uses Brown's career as the fulcrum to leverage an exploration of the connection between performance, society, and race—beginning with Brown's predecessors in the 1920s—and a concert dance tradition that has had no previous voice to tell its story from the inside out. Augmented by interviews with a score of dance professionals, including Billy Wilson, Gene Hill Sagan, Rennie Harris, Milton Myers, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Ronald K. Brown, Joan Myers Brown's background and richly contoured biography are object lessons in survival—a true American narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230114098
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 01/11/2012
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 341
Sales rank: 775,300
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Author Brenda Dixon Gottschild: Brenda Dixon Gottschild, author of Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance, Waltzing in the Dark, and The Black Dancing Body, is Professor Emerita of Dance Studies at Temple University, USA, and a former senior consultant and writer for Dance Magazine. She lectures nationally and internationally, using her own dancing/thinking body to illustrate her ideas and blur the division between practice and theory. She is the recipient of the 2013 Scholar Award from the International Association of Blacks in Dance.

Table of Contents

Foreword:Ballet Becomes Black Uplift - Robert Farris Thompson
• Prelude
• Prologue
• The Backdrop:1920s-1940s
• Spectacularly Black on Black:1940s-1950s
• But Black is Beautiful!:1950s-1980s
• "Nose to the Grindstone, Head to the Stars"
• The Philadelphia/Philadanco Aesthetic
• Audacious Hope:The House That Joan Built: 1980s-21st Century
• Epilogue
• Afterword: Brenda Dixon Gottschild:A Critical Perspective - Ananya Chatterjea
• Joan Myers Brown:Annotated Resume
• Philadanco Home Seasons Repertory Chronology:1975-2010
• Philadanco Choreographer Profiles
• Dance Practitioners Mentioned in Text
• Philadanco Activity Schedule:August 2009-June 2011
• Interviewees:1985, 1988, 2008-09

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