Joan Myers Brown & The Audacious Hope Of The Black Ballerina: A Biohistory Of American Performance
by Brenda Dixon Gottschild
Publication Date: Dec 15, 2011
List Price: $30.00
Format: Paperback, 370 pages
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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Founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) and the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, Joan Myers Brown’s personal and professional histories reflect both the hardships and the accomplishments of African Americans in the artistic and social developments through the twentieth century and into the new millennium. Dixon Gottschild deftly uses Brown’s career as the fulcrum to leverage an exploration of the connection between performance, society, and race—beginning with Brown’s predecessors in the 1920s—and a concert dance tradition that has had no previous voice to tell its story from the inside out. Augmented by interviews with a score of dance professionals, including Billy Wilson, Gene Hill Sagan, Rennie Harris, Milton Myers, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Ronald K. Brown, Joan Myers Brown’s background and richly contoured biography are object lessons in survival—a true American narrative.
- Biography & Autobiography / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / General
- Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
- Performing Arts / Dance / Classical & Ballet
- Performing Arts / Dance / Modern
- Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
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