April 26, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: African American Choreographers

From Kansas City, Missouri, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar trained with Joseph Stevenson, a student of the legendary Katherine Dunham.  After earning her B.A. in dance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, she received her M.F.A. in dance from … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: African American Choreographers

Bill T. Jones , a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer, has received major honors ranging from the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Visibility Award, 2013 National Medal of Arts to a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award and … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: African American Choreographers

Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and quickly became an international star. Over the next 15 years, Mr. Ailey created some of his most enduring roles for her, most notably the tour-de-force solo Cry. … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African American Choreographers

The myth was that because you were black that you could not do classical dance. I proved that to be wrong." By destroying that myth, Arthur Mitchell has changed the way in which our country and the world look at an art form. In the process, he has … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: African American Choreographers

Alvin Ailey rose from a childhood of extreme poverty in the segregated world of small-town Texas to become a leading figure in the establishment of modern dance as a popular art form in America. As a choreographer, dancer and director, Mr. Ailey also … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Black Choreographers

Katherine Dunham was a dancer, choreographer, teacher and anthropologist whose pioneering work introduced much of the black heritage in dance to the stage. In the late 1930's she founded the nation's first self-supporting black modern-dance troupe, … [Read more...]

Sunday Open Thread: P.O.U Jazz Brunch

Getz/Gilberto is a 1964 jazz-bossa nova album by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, featuring composer and pianist Antônio Carlos Jobim. Its release helped fuel the bossa nova craze in the United States and … [Read more...]