Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century, and directed her own dance company for many years. She has been called the "matriarch and queen mother of black dance. She later returned to graduate and submitted a master's thesis in anthropology.
I am flooded with thoughts and feelings about the exhibit, performances, and conference.
All photos by Ellen Crane unless otherwise noted. The museum director, Bruce Robertson, is one of the curators; another is dance historian Ninotchka Bennahum, and the third is me.
The Exhibit For me it was a revelation to realize, through our research, how much influence Anna Halprin had on Judson Dance Theater, widely known as the incubator of postmodern dance in the early s. Her improvisations in nature, task dances, and use of scores—all these things were embraced by her student Simone Forti, who transported these ideas, contained—concealed?
Working on this project, I gained an appreciation of the sweep from West Coast to East Coast of some of these ideas. Visitors can glean how each of the three dance artists redefined performance.
Different styles of simplicity and different styles of defiance arise from these photos. Everyone was bristling with the awareness of this historic reunion.
Some of the students said that this opportunity was the high point of their four years in college. After seeing the exhibit, Yvonne, who was famously influenced by Merce Cunningham and John Cage, said she never realized how much she had learned from Anna.
Then again, Cage himself was from Los Angeles. It was Anna who immersed her students in improvisation, introduced speaking while dancing, and thrust the dancing body into natural and public spaces—very free-love, very California.
When Simone came up with her breakthrough dance constructions inshe was drawing on elements of both Halprin and Cage. Dunn was midwife to an explosion of experimental work that defied the rules of modern dance and became…postmodern dance.
Choreography as Visual Art. It was outside of class that Simone and Trisha got together to play. Or Simone and Yvonne and Nancy Meehan.
Or Simone and Steve Paxton. This last was utterly beautiful and deeply moving. More about this later. The Conference The daylong conference, conceived and organized by Ninotchka, began with a conversation between Anna, Simone, and Yvonne. I was over-the-moon happy to serve as moderator for these three extraordinary dance artists.
I cannot give you the arc of the conversation, but I will say a few things I remember. Tamalpais, Simone recalled how very particular Anna was in guiding exploratory activity. The famous moment when Trisha Brown was sweeping the deck and suddenly thrust the broom out until she was almost flying in the air, stemmed from an assignment on momentum.
Simone, on the other hand, said she did not feel drawn to feminism. Her father had told her she could be whatever she wanted, and her first husband, minimalist sculptor Robert Morris, had encouraged her and helped her become an artist.
This is a major insight that some scholar should follow up on. My last question to our three graces was, What can an artist do in this new world disorder? Anna expressed outrage that the White House is now telling women what to do with our bodies.
She also described her annual Planetary Dance, which originally led to the capture of a killer on Mt. Simone said that in her News Animations she tries to bring in an awareness of politics.
Laughter and Anger in the Time of the Assassins. She concluded her lecture by showing, on video, the section of her dance Assisted Livingin which Pat Catterson instigates a laughing fit that is seemingly uncontrollable and contagious.
His first modern dance teacher was Nancy Hauser, who studied with Hanya Holm, the star student of Wigman who brought her technique to this country. But for Geography, his monumental, poetic trilogy that spanned ten years, he went searching for dance roots in Africa, Asia, and the American South, while keeping aspects of his unique blend of postmodern improvisation intact.
Ralph is taking postmodernism where it needs to go. But also the kind that make people uneasy. Watching their performances at UCSB, it occurred to me that, had they been in Europe in the Middle Ages, they all might have been burned as witches.
They all possess a certain divine madness. Continuous Project—Altered Annually, would have gotten them into trouble. We heard over and over how much the students were enchanted by working with them. One said she wished Simone could be her grandma.a critique of katherine dunhams work by wendy perron Plum an introduction to the analysis of gettysburg our news should always come from a trustworthy source Run Valley The Valley an introduction to the analysis of gettysburg of Death.
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As Wendy Perron wrote, “Jazz dance, ‘fusion,’ and the search for our cultural identity all have their antecedents in Dunham’s work as a dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist.
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Dec 30, · WENDY PERRON. Manhattan. The writer is the New York editor of Dance Magazine and a senior fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School University. Katherine Dunham's ballet A photograph of Dunham in L'Ag'Ya appeared on the front cover of Dance Magazine for the feature article written by Wendy Perron, New ballet choreographers.(dance review.