Modern Moves director Ananya Kabir’s first article on the dance practice of Katherine Dunham has just been published in the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry! This article is based on initial research she did in the archives of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, in January 2014. This year, the Modern Moves team spent a week in the same archives and we are delighted to announce our intention to celebrate Modern Moves’ third birthday next year in conjunction with paying homage to Miss Dunham on the tenth anniversary of her death (21st May 2016). Look out for a signature Modern Moves event combining cutting-edge research and dance-floor flamboyance!
In the meanwhile, you can enjoy a rare clip of Miss Dunham dancing in her much-loved production L’Agya in our featured Video of the Month, and then read Ananya’s article, which discusses L’Agya in detail, on our Research Resources page. And the final section of our new Moving Story tells you about our visit to the Katherine Dunham Museum in East St Louis as well.