Katherine Dunham

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Katherine Dunham
Additional title: Rara tonga (Choreographic work : Dunham)
Additional title: Barrelhouse blues (Choreographic work : Dunham)
Dunham, Katherine (Choreographer)
Gould, Jack V. (Cinematographer)
Katherine Dunham Company (Dancer)
Dunham, Katherine (Dancer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1943
Place: Toronto, Canada
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 6674
Shelf locator: *MGZIA 4-4691 (former)
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Citation/reference: Accompanied by data sheet (copy of titles on frame).
Performers: Danced by Katherine Dunham and her Company.
Content: Also appearing in film: Jack V. Gould and his wife Anna ; his brother Lew ; his cousin Carl.
Venue: Filmed at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Canada, in 1943 (or 1944)
Physical Description
Film reel
Extent: 1 film reel (7 min.) : silent, color and black and white ; 8 mm.
Video transfer of an 8mm film made by Jack V. Gould, a Toronto dress manufacturer, amateur filmmaker, and Dunham fan. In this film he poses as a journalist in order to obtain an introduction to Dunham, attends her Tropical Revue show (produced by Hurok in the early 40s), and visits her with his wife in her [dressing?] room after the performance. The opening of the film shows a poster for the Tropical Revue and views of Dunham on the street. The footage of the Tropical Revue show includes very brief excerpts, focusing on Dunham ; among the numbers depicted are Rara tonga and Barrelhouse. In the last segment, Dunham (wearing street clothes) demonstrates a few dance steps, opens a present, and displays her legs.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14974978
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 96b7d6b0-b9a1-0134-890d-00505686a51c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1943: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Katherine Dunham" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1943. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/033dc850-ef97-0133-d8eb-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Katherine Dunham" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 14, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/033dc850-ef97-0133-d8eb-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1943). Katherine Dunham Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/033dc850-ef97-0133-d8eb-60f81dd2b63c

Wikipedia Citation

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Katherine Dunham