Oct 23rd 2021

Join us for a discussion and dance demonstration focused on the extraordinary life and work of Katherine Dunham.

Choreographer, dancer, writer, and activist, Dunham is a featured figure in the Newberry’s current exhibition, “Chicago Avant-Garde: Five Women Ahead of Their Time.”

Called the “Matriarch of Black Dance,” Dunham fused modern, balletic, and Afro-Caribbean elements into her groundbreaking choreography.

In this program, Dunham’s biographer Joanna Dee Das will be joined by dancer Amansu Eason, who will demonstrate the Dunham Technique.


This program is free and open to all; please register in advance.

This event is sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and is presented as part of Art Design Chicago Now, an initiative funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art that amplifies the voices of Chicago’s diverse creatives, past and present, and explores the essential role they play in shaping the now.



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